Emergency Medical Services
The Las Cruces Fire Department (LCDF) has made great strides in advancing our Emergency Medical Services (EMT) Division. During the fiscal year 2013, LCDF responded to 14,262 requests for help from the public. Approximately 70% of these calls were to provide emergency medical service. All engine and truck companies are equipped to deliver emergency medical care.
Firefighters are trained to the minimum level of Emergency Medical Technician - Basic and most have obtained licenses at the Advanced and Paramedic levels. When a call for medical assistance is received, one or more of our eight fire companies respond with the ambulance transport provider to render assistance.
Implementation of STEMI Program
To aid in our endeavor to provide the best possible service to the citizens of Las Cruces, we are working closely with the local hospitals to improve stroke and cardiac care in our community. We implemented a field telemetry procedure in the fiscal year 2009 to 2010 that has become a mainstay in the development of a progressive regional ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Program (STEMI). We completed the second and last phase of our STEMI Program in fiscal year 11 which incorporates a field telemetry procedure capable of transmitting EKG information to the hospital for faster diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks.
Faster Diagnosis & Care
With a Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant in the amount of $83,036 received in fiscal year 10, LCFD equipped the remaining apparatus with telemetry capable defibrillators. This completes the program and all nine of our apparatus are capable of providing field EKGs to area hospitals. With this additional training and equipment, more citizens are receiving faster diagnoses and care from hospital physicians when time matters most.