Emergency Medical Services
The Bedford Fire Department has been providing emergency medical services (EMS) to the City of Bedford since May 1974 - the first fire department in Tarrant County to provide a full-time professional EMS program. The Bedford Fire Department was also among the first fire departments in Tarrant County to staff ambulances with firefighter/paramedics. Bedford paramedics are cross-trained as firefighters. We take tremendous pride in providing high-quality emergency medical care to our citizens.
Bedford Fire Department is a Licensed EMS provider with the Texas Department of State Health Services. All of our ambulances are licensed as Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU), which is the highest level for ground transport units in the state. We maintain an MICU staffed with firefighter/paramedics in each of our three fire stations. In addition, each fire company is staffed with firefighter/paramedics and carries advanced life support drugs, cardiac monitor defibrillator, and EMS equipment to provide the highest level of care when firefighters arrive at the patient’s side.
EMS Calls and Response Time
EMS is the highest demand for our service and requires all operation personnel working as a team to provide seamless coverage around the clock for our citizens and visitors. We are proud to maintain a four-minute response time. Fire companies are used to assist on EMS calls of a serious nature such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, strokes, head injuries, drowning, and serious trauma. In 2021, we responded to over 5,000 EMS incidents. We transport patients to hospitals in both Tarrant and Dallas counties. Hospital selection is based on patient preference or appropriate facility based on the patient’s condition.
Training and Certification
Bedford Fire Department EMS personnel are well trained. It takes over two years of school to become a certified paramedic in most cases. Paramedics are required to successfully complete a minimum, three-month field-training program before they can practice as a primary medic. Each paramedic must successfully pass comprehensive protocol and skills testing while working under the direct supervision of a Field Training Officer. All personnel are required to attend medical training classes taught by Tarrant County College. Fire personnel receive additional certification training in areas such as ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), AMLS (Advanced Medical Life Support), and PHTLS (Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support).