Fire Department

Fire Department

Emergency Medical Services

The City of Riverside Fire Department began providing basic emergency medical service in the early 1980's. All fire personnel were trained as Emergency Medical Technicians. We then implemented an automatic defibrillator program in 1998 and ultimately evolved to an advanced life support service in 2000 with the addition of paramedics.

Today, every fire engine and rescue squad in the City is staffed with a paramedic firefighter and advanced life support (ALS) equipment. It is our goal to respond to medical aid requests in the City within 5 minutes of receiving the initial 911 call.

Our Public Safety Communication Center utilizes an emergency medical dispatch program. EMD, as it is referred to, is a medical priority dispatching system that uses proven protocols in gathering medical information to send the most appropriate resources to medical emergencies and also gives post-dispatch instructions to callers to assist with such emergencies as CPR, child delivery, and bleeding control until emergency responders arrive.

FILE OF LIFE- Every Second Counts

What is the File of Life?

The FILE OF LIFE is a national program designed to assist first responders with rapid identification of a patient’s medical history and prescribed medications. The FILE OF LIFE is a two sided medical card, which is kept in a labeled red plastic pocket. The card lists the patient’s name, emergency medical contacts, health problems, medications, dosages, allergies, doctor’s name, and primary hospital. The entire pocket is held, with a magnet, to the outside of the refrigerator.

For more information about the File of Life, go to the link @  File of Life


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3401 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

Phone: (951) 826-5321


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