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Rescue
The Rescue Division oversees the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provided by Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue. These services are provided by firefighters certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics who operate under the department’s medical director, a licensed physician. Our organization and personnel are committed to provide the highest level of care and service to the citizens and visitors of Pembroke Pines.

Advanced Life Support
Advanced Life Support (ALS) level EMS is provided out of each of our six fire stations that are strategically located in the community to provide a rapid response to 911 emergencies. The typical response to a 911 medical emergency includes a minimum of three Fire Rescue personnel responding on an ALS transport vehicle equipped with the latest diagnostic medical equipment available in the pre-hospital industry. In addition to our Rescue/Ambulances, all of our Fire Engines and Platform Trucks are also ALS equipped and staffed with EMTs and Paramedics capable of administering life saving care.

Enormous Results
In 2013, our Fire Rescue personnel responded to 18,912 calls for emergency medical assistance. We treated over 16,000 patients and transported 10,464 patients to area hospitals. Ambulance transport fees in excess of 3.5 million dollars were collected in an effort to help offset the cost of providing this essential service to the taxpayers of Pembroke Pines.

Ongoing Education
The Rescue Division also provides extensive continuing education in the form of basic life support (BLS) and ALS care to all of our emergency response personnel. Training modules include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), stroke, and pediatric emergencies among many others. We continue to take advantage of every technological breakthrough available to help ensure that our level of medical response is unparalleled.

Monthly Public Health Education
Our commitment to the community extends beyond emergency response and includes educating the public in the recognition of medical emergencies and BLS skills. Every month, we provide Heartsaver and Health Care Provider CPR classes to individuals and community groups interested in acquiring and/or improving their ability to assist during times of emergency. In addition, these CPR and first aid classes are provided to school teachers, day care workers, security guards, and other healthcare workers.

Cardiac Arrest
In recent years, the Rescue Division has championed the effort to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in all City facilities to ensure the fastest response possible to heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest victims. These life-saving devices analyze a patient’s heart rhythm and prompt the user to deliver a shock when necessary. Per the American Heart Association, a victim’s chance of survival decreases 7% to 10% for every minute that passes without defibrillation. We have trained countless numbers of individuals and groups on the use of AEDs for patients in cardiac arrest and strongly encourage their use prior to the arrival of Fire Rescue personnel.

Recognizing an Emergency
The ability of the public to recognize an emergency, call 9-1-1, administer CPR and apply an AED can greatly improve the survival of patients who suffer a heart attack or any other medical emergency. These efforts, made possible by the Rescue Division and our Department’s commitment as a whole, to better educate the public on what to do in case of a medical emergency is extremely important. This community-based approach and response, combined with the ALS care administered by Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue personnel, will continue to provide the highest level of emergency medical care available.