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What is Glendale Fire Department's Medic 155?
Medic 155 is a unique ambulance that is a part of the fire department’s fleet of emergency response vehicles. It’s a unique program because it is a first time ever public-private partnership between the Glendale Fire Department, Midwestern University and Southwest Ambulance. Its main purpose is to train new paramedics.
Each ambulance is in service 9-hours a day and responds to higher priority medical calls (called Advanced Life Support or “ALS”) in the city of Glendale. Upon the unit’s arrival, the care that has been started by the crew on the fire engine is seamlessly transferred over to the paramedics who are on the Medic 155. This allows the engine to return to available status and protect its assigned area of the city. The high volume of ALS calls handled by Medic 155 during their 9-hour shifts provide the paramedic student the confidence and patient skills necessary for success. This unit also provides medical observation only rides for RN's and Doctors as well as ride-a-longs to Midwestern University Medical students and hospital professionals from around the state. During the 9-hour shift, there is abundant communication, training, teamwork, and camaraderie. This ultimately leads to outstanding emergency patient care in our community.
Medic 155 first went into service on September 1, 2004.