A Paramedic Engine responds from each of the nine Fire Stations around the city. Each Paramedic Engine is staffed with two highly trained paramedics. A paramedic is also on each of the department’s three Ladder Trucks as staffing permits. Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulances are strategically placed throughout the city at Stations 21, 22, 25, 26, 27 and 29 to provide transport to local hospitals. This response model allows the Glendale Fire Department to provide enhanced emergency medical services to all areas of the city.
The training to become a paramedic requires over 1,100 hours of didactic, clinical and field internship as well as successful completion of the National Registry skills and written examinations. This is a very intense and compact training regime that has an almost 40% attrition rate. After successful completion of paramedic school and Registry testing, our paramedics are licensed by the State, accredited by Los Angeles County, and sponsored by the Glendale Fire Department to practice in the city. It is important to note that all of our Paramedics are Firefighters as well and serve as both in many instances. This allows for a full-service response to both citizens and property as the situation requires. Whether it is a fire, traffic collision or medical emergency, our Firefighter/Paramedics can handle it all.
The rest of our sworn personnel are certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s). Their rapid response and assessment of the situation is critical to providing the very best in care to those who access our services. Our EMT’s are also certified in Automatic External Defibrillation (AED), which allows for rapid cardiac defibrillation when time is of the essence and seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
The Glendale Fire Department serves a population of 191,719 residents along with all who visit, work or shop in the city. There are about 14,000 medical incidents in Glendale each year, representing over 80% of the fire department’s total emergency responses. Emergency medical services are also provided to the adjacent cities of Burbank and Pasadena on an occasional basis as needed, and to certain nearby sections of the City and County of Los Angeles by request.
Battalion Chief Vincent Rifino oversees the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) section. This section is responsible for paramedic training, certification, equipment, quality improvement, and legal aspects for all basic and advanced emergency medical services. The EMS staff includes an EMS Director, EMS Coordinator, EMT Coordinator, a Medical Director, a Nurse Educator and two administrative support personnel.
Dr. Angelica Loza-Gomez, is our Glendale Fire Department Medical Director. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at UCLA and completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then accomplished her Emergency Medicine Residency training at Los Angeles County-USC. Finally, she completed a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine Services at UC Irvine. Her research interests include investigating injury patterns in motor vehicle collisions and outcomes. In addition, she is interested in pre-hospital care protocols and their effect on patient outcomes as core measures. She is currently a USC Emergency Medicine faculty member, who works at the USC LA County general hospital as well as USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. She is responsible for medical oversight of our program, assessing paramedic policies and performance, reviewing EMS reports and communicating with other physicians. The department operates under Dr. Loza-Gomez’s license per County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services policy.