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Todd WhitcheloWhen the public dials 911 for a medical emergency, the public wants to know that they will be treated quickly by professionals who are knowledgeable in life saving measures.  Fire Department operations are geared to rapid response, whether it is for EMS or fire suppression. 

Responsibilities of EMS Providers
EMS providers' responsibilities include emergency medical care for the patient and a variety of other responsibilities before, during, and after a call for service.


Preparation includes ensuring that inspection and routine maintenance has been completed on all EMS equipment. It's also important to restock medications and intravenous solutions and check expiration dates. In addition, our providers must be very familiar with:

  • All EMS protocols, policies and procedures
  • Communications system hardware (radios) and software (frequency utilization and communications protocols)
  • Local geography, including populations during peak times and alternative routes during rush hours
  • Support agencies, including services available from the private ambulance service which serves the City of Davenport, neighboring EMS systems and the methods by which efforts and resources are coordinated.

During an emergency response, the EMS provider must remember that personnel safety is the number one priority. An injured paramedic or EMT will not be able to assist the victim in their time of need. In addition, early pre-arrival information can dictate the need to request additional resources.  Incidents involving multiple victims, hazardous materials, rescue situations, violent individuals, or reported use of a weapon are all situations in which our personnel are educated to request additional resources.

​​Patient Assessment and Management

Our primary responsibilities involve scene size-up and assessment and management of the patient. Davenport Fire Department's EMT's and Paramedics are educated in the most common medical and trauma conditions.


Maintaining a complete and accurate written report is essential to the flow of patient information, to research efforts, and to the quality improvement of our EMS system.

Additional Responsibilities

The role of the EMT and Paramedic involves duties in addition to those associated with emergency response. They may include training civilians in CPR, EMS demonstrations and seminars, teaching, organizing prevention programs and engaging in professional development activities. All involve taking an active role in promoting positive health practices within our community.

The concept of providing paramedic care with the quick response team continues to prove it's effectiveness each day. Not only is ALS care initiated sooner from paramedic engine companies but the continium of care is complete from initial assessment to delivery to the emergency department.

Many changes have improved pre-hospital care since the advent of the paramedic engines. Additional equipment and capabilities have been added including pulse oximetry, external cardiac pacing, cricothyrotomy, interosseous infusions, 12 - lead EKG's and our newest addition CO2 monitoring.