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The Fire Department currently provides the Emergency Medical Services for the City of West Covina, both on a Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support level.
This is accomplished by responding the closest Engine company to begin treatment and the closest Rescue Ambulance to provide Advanced Life Support and any transportation that might be needed. Currently, the West Covina Fire Department operates out of five fire stations with four Engine companies, one Light Force, one Assistant Chief or Command company. All fire suppression personnel are currently trained to the EMT-1 or EMT-Paramedic level.
A recent review of the EMS statistics for the past two years shows an average of approximately 4000 medical aid calls per year with 764 being cardiac related and 148 were cardiac arrests. Two thousand of the patients treated are critical care patients requiring advanced life support. The engine companies have average response times of three to five minutes due to geographical location, but that time can be longer depending on the availability of the companies and current demands for service.
Paramedics in the city of West Covina are trained to the highest level in Los Angeles County and are capable of administering all the approved advaced skills in the LA county paramedic expanded scope of practice.