The Jefferson Township Fire Department's paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) provide emergency medical services (EMS) to township residents, workers and visitors. With the population more than doubling in the past decade, the fire department has continuously added EMS personnel, equipment and supplies during that time to keep up with demands for service, yet doing so in a cost-effective manner.
There are different levels of training for EMTs ranging from EMT-Basic to EMT-Paramedic, the highest skill certification available. Most responders are certified paramedics. All employees are required to maintain a certain amount of training to keep their certifications. A medical protocol, set forth by the medical director, details procedures, policy and techniques that each EMT must follow at his or her level of certification. The procedures and equipment required to perform patient care has become extensive over the years. Each year the State of Ohio Division of EMS publishes the newest procedures that EMTs can perform at each level of certification. The changes have substantially increased the costs of training, equipment and supplies. Jefferson Township regularly applies for state grants to offset some of the expenses.
Jefferson Township is able to provide advanced life support equipment and paramedics whether responding by engine, or medic vehicle. Dr. Paul Zeeb is the medical director and is a board-certified physician with more than 30 years of experience in emergency medical services.