The Cosumnes Fire Department provides ambulance transportation and pre-hospital care for the cities of Elk Grove and Galt; we also provide mutual aid transportation for Wilton, Herald, Courtland, and Walnut Grove. These services are managed and coordinated by the Department's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division. The Fire Department employs 151 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. The Department operates six full-time ambulance companies. This division is managed by Battalion Chief Brett Shurr and supported by a staff of an EMS Captain, a Performance and Development Coordinator, and an Administrative Specialist. The EMS Lab, located at the Fire Department's Headquarters, offers state-of-the-art training equipment for continuing education and training for District and regional emergency medical service providers.
The Battalion Chief in charge of the EMS Division is responsible for the following major functions:
1) ambulance transport program; 2) Advanced Life Support engine program; 3) Department Infection Control program; and 4) sub-budget management.
The EMS Captain is assigned to various projects/tasks/assignments which support the EMS Division. These assignments include, but are not limited to, maintaining supplies, EMS equipment maintenance, and assisting in training.
The Performance and Development Coordinator (PDC) is responsible for maintaining quality control of the Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support programs within the Fire Department. Duties include development and delivery of advanced, topical, and current training in the paramedic program, management of customer service issues within the paramedic program, and maintaining an efficient and effective paramedic peer review program.