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EMS / ALS & BLS Program

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.






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