Emergency Medical Services or EMS is the Richland Hills Fire Department's emergency ambulance and first responder capabilities to deal with sick or injured persons in the community. The RHFD houses and staffs one full time ambulance that is licensed as an MICU or Mobile Intensive Care Unit. The department is staffed by 11 paramedics, one EMT-Advanced, and three EMT's or Emergency Medical Technicians. The ambulance and fire engine are both always staffed with at least one paramedic.
Dr. Roy Yamada serves as the department's Medical Director and he authorizes all treatment protocols that are used to provide care. Dr. Yamada's protocols have long been revered for their aggressive nature and his visionary approach to pre-hospital emergency care.
Our Paramedics are able to perform the many treatment therapies including:
- IV fluids and medication
- Cardiac monitoring and 12 lead ECG interpretation
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support including defibrillation and CPR
- Emergency medication administration and pain relief
- Advanced airway control including endotracheal intubation
- Surgical crichothyrotomy
- Bandaging and splinting
- Cervical immobilization
- Early stroke and heart attack recognition and hospital team activation
- Antibiotic treatment for sepsis and infection
- vehicle extrication
Ambulance billing is handled by a third party provider called Wittman Enterprises. There is more information about Wittmen under the ambulance billing tab.