FV FIRE DEPARTMENT – PARAMEDICS
|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.|
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the Paramedic Membership Program subscription does NOT include ambulance charges billed by the private ambulance company.