The Future of Emergency Medical Services in Peoria
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department is always looking for new and innovative ways to improve patient care. We are proud to be on the forefront of innovative and responsive care models. Here are some new initiatives that will benefit all Peoria residents.
Alternative Response Vehicle
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department has purchased and deployed an Alternate Response Vehicle also known as a Low Acuity Vehicle. This new, smaller vehicle will be staffed with two firefighters and will respond to medical emergencies that require basic life support (BLS).
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department responds to a vast spectrum of severity when it comes to medical calls. From falls and breathing problems to major-medical car crashes we are the first responders for all medical calls.
The Alternative Response Vehicle responds to low acuity calls that require only basic life support. By utilizing the two-person Low Acuity Vehicle for BLS calls we free up the fully equipped fire engine to respond to high acuity medical calls requiring paramedic care and advanced life support as well as fire calls.
This new vehicle was deployed in a high call volume area where greater resources will lead to faster response times. The goal is to make sure the resources available best match the need of the City.
Peoria Fire-Medical Ambulance Service
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department recently received initial approval by the Arizona Department of Health Safety to purchase and operate our own ambulances.
Currently, paramedic care is provided by the Peoria Fire-Medical firefighter paramedics and transportation services are provided by a private company. With the new model, Peoria ambulances will work in partnership with the private ambulance services to provide the highest level care to the residents.
Initially, Peoria will purchase and staff two ambulances and deploy them in high call volume areas of the city. Additional ambulances may be purchased as the city expands in the future.
The ultimate goal is to provide a stable and sustainable emergency transportation system for our Peoria residents. Making this move will allow us to provide the best in emergency medical transport in the shortest response times.
Peoria Fire-Medical has been monitoring the success of other Valley departments with their implementation of Community Paramedicine. We are currently in the pilot phase of the program along with several other West Valley cities.
Community Paramedicine uses the existing infrastructure of the fire department to provide preventive healthcare services and improve overall community wellness.
Community Paramedicine utilizes the skills and experience of the firefighter paramedics in a preventative health care model. Some roles the fire paramedics may fill include: providing follow-up care for people recently discharged from the hospital to prevent unnecessary readmissions; providing community-based support for people with issues like diabetes, asthma, or other chronic conditions and providing preventative care in underserved communities.
The ultimate goal is to reduce hospital readmission rates, help discharged patients stay on the road to good health, reduce emergency room visits for preventable illnesses and reduce 911 calls for when emergency services may not be needed. Community Paramedicine reduces health care costs by providing the right level of care in the most appropriate place based on individual’s medical needs.