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FV FIRE DEPARTMENT – PARAMEDICS

pulseThe Fountain Valley Fire Department, as one of eight Orange County fire agencies that comprise the Metro Cities Fire Authority, is participating in the trial launch of Pulsepoint, a mobile application intended to save victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Metro Cities Fire Authority, in cooperation with the Metro Cities dispatch center, is the first in Orange County to pilot this application.

Pulsepoint alerts nearby citizens when critical lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation is needed, and the location of nearby public access automated external defibrillator (AED). An AED is a portable electronic device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, delivers an electric shock, known as defibrillation, which helps the heart establish an effective rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

The free app is available on Apple iOS and Google Android devices. To learn more about PulsePoint, visit www.metronetfire.org or www.pulsepoint.org

Hands-Only™ CPR Can Save Lives

Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help. The Fountain Valley Fire Department urges residents to learn CPR. Click here for a video on how to perform Hands-Only CPR. Find a first aid or CPR course here.

Paramedic Fees and Subscription Program

As with every city in the United States, revenues to deliver critical municipal services are on the decline and yet the costs to provide paramedic services are not going down.  As a result, the City of Fountain Valley is not able to completely subsidize the cost of delivering Fire Department paramedic services.  In order to ensure that quick response, high quality paramedic service is not compromised, the City charges paramedic assessment fees to partially offset the costs of equipment, medical supplies, training and mandated programs.  The fee for residents of Fountain Valley is $300 per person for paramedic response and the fee charged to non-residents is $350 per person.

Fortunately, residents of Fountain Valley have the opportunity to safeguard themselves from the potential of being charged paramedic response fees.  For an annual subscription of $60, participants in the Paramedic Membership Program are exempt from paramedic assessment charges.  This benefit applies to anyone at the member household. For additional information call (714) 593-4436 or email: pmmember@fountainvalley.org.   Please note that the Paramedic Membership Program subscription does NOT include ambulance charges billed by the private ambulance company.

Click here for more information and FAQ's

Click here for an Enrollment Form

Ambulance Transportation

Although the Fire Department provides paramedic services, the City of Fountain Valley contracts with a private company for ambulance transportation services.  CARE Ambulance Service has provided outstanding service to the community since 1998.  CARE Ambulance Service has been awarded multiple ambulance contracts through competitive bid processes.  Ambulance transportation charges are billed directly by CARE and the rates are set by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  For further information about CARE Ambulance, please visit their website at www.careambulance.net

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E31 Fountain Valley Fire Department provides the community withadvanced life-support (ALS) paramedic services.  The Department has provided emergency medical care as a core service since theDepartment’s formation in 1964 and began providing ALS paramedic service in 1975.  The majority (85%) of the Department’s emergency responses are for medical aid.  Each engine company and the ladder truck are staffed and equipped to provide a complete array of advanced emergency medical care for any type of serious illness or injury.  Of the four firefighters assigned to each fire company, two are California licensed paramedics and two are certified emergency medical technicians.