Since 2001, the ambulance service has staffed one Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance 24/7 that will respond to any medical calls inside of our district. The district also has a secondary Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance that is available based on member availability when experiencing back-to-back medical calls.
Our ALS ambulance allows paramedics to start intravenous therapy, insert breathing tubes, provide advanced cardiac care, and administer many life-saving drugs. Beginning in May 2005, the ambulance service began performing 12-lead EKG heart monitoring with the ability to transmit the result directly to our resource hospital. This has greatly improved our ability to care for patients experiencing cardiac episodes.
Our BLS ambulance is able to provide basic care that primarily consists of providing oxygen, splinting broken bones, and providing supportive care while transporting to a healthcare facility.
Currently, the ambulance transports patients to their choice of three area hospitals: Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich, Kishwaukee Community Hospital in Dekalb, and Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. Patients who wish to be treated in any other hospital must arrange for transport by another agency, usually a private ambulance service.