Providing medical direction to area fire departments and surrounding communities
for the past 40 years
Southwest General’s EMS Services professionals are privileged to
work with local fire departments to help meet the evolving and ever-changing
medical needs of our communities. It is a rewarding experience to provide
ongoing emergency medical training to our firefighters and emergency medical
Community Support for Our Services
The support our EMS Department receives from city administrators, fire
departments and Southwest General Administration, allows for quality continuing
education for the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Providing ongoing
education and training, both in the field and at the Hospital offers valuable
learning experiences for EMTs, preparing them for the emergencies they
Quality Care from Dedicated Professionals
The quality care patients receive can be attributed to many dedicated individuals.
Medical Director Susan Tout, MD, leads the team with experience and a
commitment to quality patient care. Additionally, our area fire chiefs
united to organize the Southwest Area Fire and Emergency Services Committee
(S.A.F.E.S) 30 years ago, which has become one of our greatest assets.
Ongoing Direction and Education
Monthly meetings with S.A.F.E.S. Committee and Hospital Administration
chart the overall direction for EMS operations and patient care. An EMT
representative from each fire department also meets on a monthly basis.
Evaluation of patient care, protocols, new equipment and procedures allows
for cohesive and up to date patient care.
EMT First Responders Providing Emergency Medical Care
The backbone of our system lies with the many EMTs who provide excellent,
dedicated patient care each day to those who call upon them for help.
These pre-hospital care providers have chosen a life’s career to
help those in need. It is Southwest General’s privilege to support
and provide education for the fire departments and EMTs as they meet the
needs of our communities.
C.E.R.T. – Community Emergency Response Team
This training program is promoted by the National Homeland Security for
community residents to become C.E.R.T. members. Following a major disaster,
first responders who provide fire and medical services will have a difficult
time meeting the demands for these services. Retirees, nurses, physicians
and anyone with just a few hours each month could make a significant difference
in our level of preparedness for a major disaster. You must be 18 or older
and pass your city’s background check to qualify. Contact the City
Hall in your community for the C.E.R.T. leader.
We Look Forward to Helping You
For more information about Southwest General’s EMS Training Services,