"I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine." - Kurt Vonnegut

Emergency Medical Training

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In Leawood and around the country, roughly 70% of all Fire Department responses are for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), providing aid to the sick or injured.

In Kansas, there are four primary levels of certification for emergency responders:  Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), and Paramedic. First Responder is the lowest level of certification while Paramedic is the highest. Both EMR and EMT are considered Basic Life Support (BLS) while AEMT and Paramedic are Advanced Life Support (ALS). Currently, the Leawood Fire Department has both EMTs and Paramedics although the majority of our firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Johnson County Med-Act is our transporting partner (ambulances) and provides ALS at the Paramedic level. Each year many training hours are devoted to improving the didactic and practical skills of our firefighters in order to effectively respond to medical emergencies.

For any questions about EMS or our training program, please contact me here.

Colin Fitzgerald
Deputy Chief
Leawood Fire Department