Personnel that are trained to the Advanced Life Support level are Paramedics. They have a much higher level of knowledge, skills and abilities that allow them to perform more invasive life saving measures on patients such as utilizing intravenous fluids and medications, intubations, 12 lead electrocardiogram administration and reading, as well as, various other techniques. To achieve Paramedic certification, personnel must participate in over 2000 hours of classroom and clinical time in an emergency department of a hospital.
Personnel trained at the Basic Life Support level are Emergency Medical Technicians and can perform basic triage and treatment techniques. However; if trained, many EMT’s can administer Narcan, Albuterol, Epinephrine, and aspirin to treat their patients who may require these medications.
Emergency Medical Technicians must participate in approximately 500 hours of classroom, clinical and mentoring time. Andover Fire Rescue operates two (2) Basic Life Support units 24/7/365.