The San Diego Medic Association
was formed in July 1993. In July 1997 the organization was
reorganized and the remaining members were absorbed by the Local 145 I.A.F.F.
Fire Fighters Union. Paramedics have served this city loyally since 1979.
The city we serve is home to over 1,500,000 people. It is the seventh largest city in the United States and the second largest city in the State of California.
The City of San Diego covers 331 square miles and the Department serves 403.6 square miles. It is currently served by 17, 24 hour paramedic units.10 additional units are staffed on a 12 hour schedual. Four of the units are "Rescue Ambulances" and one is assigned as Special Response Team, (The S.R.T. Team) and works with the S.W.A.T. Team at the San Diego Police Departmet and the F.B.I. when needed. They also participate in high angle and water rescue. Additional units are staffed by Rural/Metro Corporation: They staff one 24 hour unit, which is dedicated to Lindbergh Field, Paramedic Rescue Unit 63, San Diego International Airport. And we staff anywhere between 6 and 12 more units daily throughout the week depending on the needs of the system. All of the 43 Engine Companies are staffed with a paramedic and respond along with ambulances on 90 % of the requests for help.
The system design:
This link will provide a basic overview of our system and staffing. Obviously this "plan" is critical to the needs of the public and our city and is updated, monitored, and re-evaluated daily. Major re-designing is done periodically and is well thought out prior to implementation. Stats are considered by numerous committees usually made up of chiefs, base hospital nurses, the County Emergency Medical Services, field personnel and dispatchers.
All responses are preformed by ALS ambulances regardless of the dispatch. Some patients are transferred to BLS units (private ambulance services) for destinations not approved by The County EMS like Physician offices and clinics. However, recent protocols have been suggested to increase Paramedic dispositions to non 24 hr MD staffed Primary Emergency Rooms and clinics.
Units are dispatched under this criteria:
In the future other criteria might be established such as:
Level 2: Both an ALS Engine and ALS Ambulance, the closest unit responding Code 3
Level5: General Transport or preschedualed ICU transfer
Transports and dispositions are manged with the criteria as follows:
"On July 1, 1997, San Diego Medical Services Enterprise (SDMSE) began providing emergency medical service in the City of San Diego, and San Diego Fire and Life Safety Services changed forever its service capabilities and in many ways its organization and culture. Based on the city-approved EMS system redesign, WE changed the emergency medical services delivery system for the sixth largest city in this country in a 16 hour time span. WE literally took the old system out and reconfigured major components:"
"I say that WE changed the system because, even though only a few of us wrote the proposal to win the bid process, it will take ALL of us performing our duties to the best of our abilities to ensure our success. The future of the City of San Diego's EMS system, the SDMSE partnership, and virtually Fire and Life Safety Services, is now in OUR hands - as it should be."Jerry Cannon, EMS Chief
"In Partnership with the community The San Diego Medical Services Enterprise will provide innovative and quality medical care."
This unique "partnership" otherwise know as The San Diego Medical Services Enterprise, Limited Liability Corporation was formed by an agreement between The San Diego Fire and Life Safety Services and Rural Metro Corporation form Scottsdale Arizona. The new partnership will operate and manage the paramedic program under a new model of emergency medical service delivery designed by consultants; Fitch and Associates.
There are approximaetly 180 full time paramedics in our work force. Some
are single role paramedics, some are dual trained as fire fighter/paramedics
and some are working out of class as E.M.T.'s. We treat people from the beaches
to the foothills of the mountains and from the suburbs to the urban city. We
transport sick and injured people from the busiest border crossing in the world
at Tiajuana and San Yisidro, the homeless from the streets, and from some of
the most affulent communities in the United States. We take pride in our work
and our profession. We strive for excellence.
We are America's finest!!!
We, the full time San Diego City Paramedics are dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency and episodic care to the citizens of the community we serve. We accept the rigors of our profession and know that our vocation is mentally and physically demanding and requires true concern for all patients regardless of their race, creed or financial status or mental condition. We also belive that our members must have basic job security, safe working conditions and adequate compensation in order to fullfill our awesome job description. We, therefore resolve to promote the advancing of the best interests of our membership in education, legislation, to secure protection, harmonious action, improve working conditions and compensation, and generally act as advocates for our medics who have dedicated their lives to advocating the highest level of care to others.
In considering any direction or promoting any cause we shall put any such Association position to a three-way test as follows:
Check out two images of The San
Diego City Skyline:
Reflection in The Childrens Pool
Veiw a MAP of our city: The San Diego Fire And Life Safety Services Map
To meet your local paramedic and find out who he or she is and what we do Click on the link here: Meet your local PARAMEDIC! Here you can find a profile of a local paramedic, the drug and procedures in his or her cache, the system they work in, the training and equipment, and a detailed history of the begining of E.M.S. and paramedicine.
E.M.S. Gallerie A Virtual E.M.S. Art Gallerie
"Medical Links." Go to The Virtual
World of associated Pre Hospital Medical links:
S.D. Paramedic Links
Go to our 12 Lead E.C.G. program and study link.
San Diego Medical Dispatch is now
ON-LINE... 9-1-1, Do you have an emergency???
Also, here you will find inforamtion on new Emergency Numbers...
The Medic News On-Line: A new Local, National and International "News On-Line Service" provided for local paramedics or anyone interested.
Obtain the physical mail addresses and telephone numbers of:
- San Diego Fire & Life Safety Services.
- The San Diego County Paramedic Association.
- The California Rescue Paramedic Association.
- The California Emergency Medical Services Authority.
- The County of San Diego, Department of Health Services,
- Division of Emergency Medical Services.
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Send E-Mail to:
The San Diego Paramedics
Contact our Medical Director send E-Mail to:
Contact the Medical Director for the County of San Diego, Department of
Health Services, Division of Emergency Medical Services;
Mel Ochs M.D.,
Contact the Paramedic Program Manager (Emergency Medical Services) for
the City of San Diego; Patricia Nuñez
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