Wildland Fire Rescue Advanced Life Support Non-Transport Emergency Medical Services Agency *Paramedic Coverage Anywhere, Anytime*
It is Truly One of a Kind...
Wildland Fire-Rescue is an Advanced-Life Support (Paramedic Level) non-transport Emergency Medical Services agency that is licensed by the State of Idaho, Department of Health & Welfare, EMS Bureau. It is the only “One-Man ALS Agency” in the State of Idaho.
Its primary purpose is to provide a Wildland Firefighter/Paramedic for the injured or ill Wildland Firefighter involved in all-risk assignments. It also includes providing emergency medical training in the form of Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and tactical medicine instruction for Federal Law Enforcement agencies including US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Marshals Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
The State of Idaho EMS Bureau requires agency affiliation to be a licensed Paramedic. Wildland Fire Rescue is the licensed agency for its assigned Firefighter/Paramedic. It provides the Wildland Firefighter/Paramedic with a medical control/physician, standard written orders, and the necessary BLS/ALS equipment to perform medical emergency response to often hard to reach locations for the typical 911 ambulance service. Care is performed by the WFR Paramedic who can provide basic and advanced level stabilization of the sick or injured person(s) until appropriate transportation methods are secured.
By providing the wildland fire community a Wildland Firefighter who is also cross-trained as Paramedic, it allows wildland fire operation(s) a seam-less approach to providing care to the wildland firefighter without tying up local EMS/ambulance resources to provide stand-by, which also helps decrease the financial impact of that fire. Wildland Fire Rescue does not bill patients for its services on government assignments, as the WFR FFTR/Paramedic is hired as an "AD/Temporary" employee to the US Government.
However, Wildland Fire Rescue is not just about wildfires. The WFR Paramedic has been requested for hurricanes, the Columbia shuttle disaster, movie and television production sets, and other special situations/events including Tac-Med Support to federal law enforcement agencies.
Beyond fires and events, WFR has written EMS and medical articles for the International Association of Wildland Fire’s magazine “WILDFIRE” as well as provide technical expertise to the IAWF on wildland medical issues. WFR has also been privileged to speak at EMS Conferences, provide training video material for National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), and been asked to be a Subject Matter Expert for federal wildland fire agencies in the development of their EMS programs.
Additionally WFR has testified to the Idaho EMS Physicians Commission on wildland fire issues, the Idaho State Senate on EMS related matters, and been an active participant on Idaho EMS committees/task forces as it relates to wildland fire and the provision of EMS on those fires.