Emergency Medical Services
The South County Fire Authority/Tracy Fire Department (SCFA/TFD) provides emergency medical services to citizens located within the San Joaquin Emergency Medical Services Agency (SJEMSA) Zone C. Ambulance transport is provided by private provider, American Medical Response (AMR) under contract with the SJEMSA.
The Tracy Fire Department has provided emergency medical services (EMS) to its citizens for over thirty (30) years. The Department was the first in San Joaquin County to provide electric defibrillation shocks to its citizens in 1990. In 2003, the Department established its first Advanced Life Support (ALS) engine company at Station 93 on Durham Ferry Road.
The SCFA/TFD provides high quality, effective patient care from each of its apparatus and stations. The Department currently has twenty-five (25) Paramedics who provide ALS service from seven (7) stations where apparatus are equipped with a minimum of one (1) Paramedic. All other Department personnel are trained to the Emergency Medical Technician-1 (EMT-1) level.
The Department is an active participant in the SJEMSA Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Council – a group committed to the continued success of our emergency medical services through a systematic process of review, analysis and improvement. The Department submits patient care data on a monthly basis and submits a quarterly report to the Council on the Department’s CQI activities. In addition, the Department is committed to the protection of an individual’s private patient healthcare information and maintains a comprehensive Privacy Practices Policy.
EMS training is developed and delivered by Department members using national curricula standards. The Department also works closely with the SJEMSA to provide EMT-1 skills competency training and verification on a bi-annual basis. The training is designed to keep personnel abreast of the latest in current pre-hospital medical care.
All Department apparatus are equipped with the most modern medical equipment in accordance with guidelines published by the SJEMSA. All apparatus are equipped with either an advanced cardiac monitor or an automated external defibrillator (AED) for use by both ALS and BLS care providers.
Due to the large geographical area covered by the Department, air ambulances (helicopters) are frequently used to deliver medical care in remote areas to avoid unnecessary delays in patient transport. Department personnel conduct extensive in-service training with the approved SJEMSA air transport providers.