Over 60% of the department calls are emergency medical responses. All MFD firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) with additional certification in automatic defibrillator use. This allows a basic life support (BLS) crew to be on scene at a medical emergency within an average response time of four minutes.
Additionally, three of our companies are staffed with a paramedic. This allows advanced life support (ALS) measures to be initiated especially in areas where paramedic ambulances have extended response times.
All Modesto Fire Department's EMTs and Paramedics continually train to maintain their skills as well as remain certified by local, state, and national regulatory agencies.