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The EVFD is a licensed Quick Response Service (QRS) and provides medical first responder services to the Borough. When high priority medical calls occur, EVFD is dispatched simultaneously with an ambulance. EVFD QRS typically arrives on scene before the ambulance and begins initial stabilization and assessment of the patient. This care can range from obtaining vital signs, providing oxygen, bandaging and splinting injuries, to performing CPR. Once the ambulance arrives on scene, EVFD crews assist the ambulance crews with treatment and transport of the patient to the medic unit.
All members who respond to QRS calls are required to be certified as First Responder level or higher. However, a new member may respond on a QRS call with a certified member to observe while in training. The EVFD will pay for First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training. Paramedics are encouraged to participate as well, however we strictly provide basic life support (BLS) care at this time.
In addition to the QRS service, the EVFD frequently responds to vehicle accidents around the Borough and on I-376. As a rescue service, the EVFD frequently handles patient care and extrication before the ambulance arrives. First responders and EMTs play a critical role on these calls and are highly valued.