Advanced Life Support Competitions have been part of the ongoing training for Boca Raton Fire Rescue Service Paramedics. Our Paramedics have been competing and attending Advanced Life Support events since 1981. Training events such as these help us to share ideas, learn new techniques, test new equipment, and develop new medical protocols which enable us to deliver the highest quality emergency medical care to the citizens we serve.
Boca Raton Fire Rescue
Services Department initiated Advanced Life Support
(ALS) service in July of 1974. As of January 1994 medical
transportation to area hospitals was added to our service
delivery profile. The Department has received numerous
awards over the years recognizing the quality of our
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System. Paramedics
from the Department have been recognized by the Florida
Emergency Medical Foundation, and the International
Rescue and Emergency Care Association for their technical
achievements at international ALS and BLS competitions.
Our EMS public information program was selected in
1996 by the State of Florida as the "EMS Public
Information Program of the Year".
The International Association of Fire Chiefs presented
the Department and Boca Raton Regional Hospital an "Award
for Excellence" recognizing our community health
transport unit is staffed with 2 Paramedics at all
times (3 personnel are assigned to high priority ALS
transports and trauma patients). A minimum of one paramedic
is assigned to each ALS engine company. State-of-the-art
Advanced Life Support equipment is carried on each
unit. This equipment includes a Lifepak 15 cardiac
This resource continuously monitors
a patient's blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation
in the blood. It can also automatically pace the heart
and provide twelve lead electrocardiogram (EKG) capabilities
to help identify a heart attack in progress. Advanced
airway management equipment, CPAP (Continuous Positive
Airway Pressure) and the most advanced medications
and treatments are made available to the citizens of
Our EMS system is composed of the following:
Advanced Life Support Transport Rescue Vehicles.
8 Advanced Life Support Non-Transport Vehicles
(ALS Engine/Truck Companies).
3 Reserve Advanced Life Support Transport Rescue
Vehicles equipped for adaptive response.
Life Support Non-Transport EMS Supervisor Vehicle.
Paramedics are also involved in our Community Health Partnership with Boca Raton Regional Hospital. This innovative program is designed to prevent medical emergencies through screenings, education, dietary suggestions and exercise programs.