Battalion Chief, NREMT-P
In 1998 the Grand Chute Fire Department began delivering emergency medical services at the first responder level in a tiered response system with Gold Cross Ambulance, the primary ambulance transport provider for the Fox Valley. Under this tiered system, fire personnel provided EMS first response patient care prior to the arrival of Gold Cross Ambulance, or in conjunction with their personnel already on scene. Recognizing the value of these services and seeking to have an even greater impact on the care for those in our community, our organization upgraded to the Emergency Medical Technician Non-Transport service level in 2014. With this increase in service, firefighters received additional training which enhanced their ability to assess and treat patients utilizing advanced level skills and interventions not available at the first responder level.