How Tampa Fire Rescue Responds

How Tampa Fire Rescue Responds

How Tampa Fire Rescue Responds

The Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) will matchsymptoms, or combinations of symptoms, discovered through the Advanced Medical PriorityDispatch survey to send the appropriate Emergency Medical Services personnel. The types ofemergency medical responses are divided into four levels indicated as Alpha, Bravo,Charlie, and Delta.

In an Alpha response the closest Basic Life Support(BLS) ambulance provided by a private ambulance company is dispatched non-emergency to theincident.

In a Bravo response the EMD will dispatch a BLSambulance along with a Tampa Fire Rescue Engine Company. Tampa Fire Rescue Enginecompanies are staffed with highly trained Emergency Medical Technicians capable ofresponding to the incident location within three to four minutes. The Engine companieswill respond emergency to the incident and stabilize the situation prior to the arrival ofthe BLS ambulance.

In a Charlie response, a Tampa Fire Rescue AdvancedLife Support Rescue company will be dispatched non-emergency. These Rescue companies arestaffed with two paramedics and work under the direction of a Medical Director.

The highest level of response is the Delta response.This type of response is for life-threatening emergencies and an Engine and Rescue companywill be dispatched. This gives Tampa Fire Rescue the capability of having three to fourEmergency Medical Technicians and two Paramedics at the scene of a medical emergencywithin three to four minutes.