CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo County Fire Department provides’
fire based Emergency Medical Service’s (EMS) to the un-incorporated
areas of San Luis Obispo County and the communities of Pismo Beach,
Avila Beach, and Los Osos. The type of EMS service provided depends on
community desire, available funding, and pre-hospital EMS needs. CAL
FIRE / San Luis Obispo County Fire Department firefighters are
certified or licensed as either, a First Responder, Emergency Medical
Technicians (EMT) or Paramedic. EMT’s and First Responder’s provide
Basic Life Support (BLS). Their role is to ensure victim airway
support, breathing and heart/blood circulation. They can also
administer oxygen, treat wounds and splint fractures. All CAL FIRE /
San Luis Obispo County Fire Department BLS fire engines carry an
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for use during cardiac arrest.
Paramedic’s provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) and are authorized to
perform invasive techniques on patients including drug therapy,
advanced airway management (intubations) and electrocardiograms (EKG).
BLS and ALS make up CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo County Fire
Department’s two-tiered EMS delivery system. The core or fundamental
level is BLS with the enhanced level being ALS. The EMS / ALS program
in San Luis Obispo is just another example of CAL FIRE providing the
highest service available to the citizens of California.