In an effort to maintain its quality of service, Brentwood Fire & Rescue strives to provide the best care to the citizens of Brentwood through its Emergency Medical Services. The Fire & Rescue Department currently responds to all 9-1-1 calls, and requests for medical assistance within the City of Brentwood. Due to the location of the four fire stations in Brentwood, responding Engines often arrive minutes before an ambulance, providing initial assessment, care, and treatment of sick and injured patients.
Initial care of patients is performed by Brentwood Firefighters who are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and Paramedics. All four Engine Companies within the City of Brentwood provide Basic Life Support (BLS) service, which includes such skills as CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator), oxygen and airway management, intravenous therapy, chest pain management, and trauma care. In addition to its BLS service, all engines are capable of providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) service, which includes advanced cardiac care with 12-lead EKG interpretation, medication administration, advanced airway techniques, and more invasive monitoring as needed.
The difference between a BLS Engine and an ALS Engine is many hours of additional training for the Firefighter/Paramedics. Presently, 13 of BFR's emergency response personnel also hold paramedic certifications. The goal of Brentwood Fire & Rescue is to adequately staff all four Engines with Paramedics, and thus provide ALS service throughout the City of Brentwood. With the addition of 2-3 Paramedics, all four fire stations will be able to provide definitive ALS service.