What We Do
When dispatched to the assignment, we will notify you as soon as possible our estimated time of arrival via landline, text, or email. We will then drive to the ICP of the requesting fire and follow all standard check-in requirements.
Once there, we will provide to you all necessary documentation that states our medical director agreements, current state licenses, and other requested items of interest, including our most current Master IQCS Record. Many MEDLs' have found this to be extremely helpful as to the level of experience we have.
We work for you: the MEDL, the Safety Officer, Division Supervisor, and the Incident Commander. But most importantly, we work for the wildland firefighter who is sick or injured. Our care in the field is the very best and we have been recognized by numerous Incident Management Teams for the skill and professionalism we provide in saving the lives of wildland firefighters and civilians caught in the fire area.
All this while assigned to a division on the line, the helibase, a helispot, or other location that meets the needs of operations, safety, and the firefighters working in those areas.
We will provide care at the level of licensure we hold, with the equipment we are authorized to carry, including basic preventive health care as well as Advanced Life Support as needed. This list includes:
- Treatment of most fire line aliments.
- Staffing the medical tent for the distribution of Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications as requested by the firefighter, no matter their level of qualifications or status on the fire.
- Airway assistance that include nebulizers, basic and advanced airway with RSI protocols.
- Breathing support including oxygen, BVM, SPO2, and ETCO2.
- Circulatory support with cardiac monitor, defibrillator, pacemaker, and 12 lead EKG.
- IV therapy with fluids for dehydration and trauma/burns (NS and LR), using EZ IO initiation as needed.
- Medications for airway maintenance, breathing assistance, cardiac arrhythmias, nausea/vomiting, diabetic problems, seizures, and pain control.
And as required by many, we provide a daily log of activities as well as a patient care report for any major treatment provided by us. Again, we do not bill for any services we provide as we are temporary federal government employees.