Emergency Medical Services
In Rockford, Emergency Medical Services are provided by Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). At any given time, approximately 83 Firefighters are certified as Paramedics. These individuals are dual-role personnel who work a 24-hour shift. They divide their time 12 hours to the ambulance and 12 hours to the fire suppression company to which they are assigned. Each engine, ladder, and quint company is equipped with an automatic defibrillator which facilitates early defibrillation, a proven life saving technique.