EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) DIVISION
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Response continues to be the bulk of the work done by our responders. Over 70% of the alarms that Fire District No.1 responds are medical. Theses medical alarms range from Basic Life Support, (BLS) in which the medic provides basic support and monitoring, to Advanced Life Support (ALS) which can include medical advanced medical procedures and the administration of medications. Fire District No. 1 staffs their ambulances with two or three people depending on the station. A typical response to an ALS medical alarm includes an ambulance and a fire engine. In areas covered by a three person ambulance, just the ambulance is sent, and if needed, they will call for a fire engine to assist. Further, depending on the details received from the dispatcher, often a two person ambulance will handle the alarm and cancel the fire engine response.
We have a solid training program that ensures that all new employees knowledge, skills, and abilities meet Fire District No. 1 standards. We often provide a learning environment for students enrolled in an outside Paramedic program to perform their internships with Fire District No. 1.
I took the newly created position of Division Chief-EMS in July 2017. I have experience in both Fire and EMS. My fire service career started with the Avon, CO Fire Department in 1997. My fire career progressed from a volunteer and resident firefighter to a Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic, and finally a Lieutenant. I have worked for departments in both Colorado and Indiana. I moved on to a career with the Federal Government and held positions of US Park Ranger, EMS Coordinator, Fire Captain, technical rescue team member at Grand Canyon National Park. I then became a helicopter base manager and flight paramedic for Indiana University Health LifeLine. While working at IU Health, I completed my RN so I hold both licenses plus other critical care and flight medic certs. I have experience as an ER RN and recently served as the Clinical Affairs officer for a county-based EMS system.
I was hired in 2013 as the Lead EMS Billing Specialist. I am responsible for reviewing all EMS medical charts for completion and accuracy. I prepare all ambulance billing documents and post payments to accounts. I am the primary contact for EMS billing, and am cross-trained to provide backup in other Administrative positions. I belong to the National Academy of Ambulance Coding and serve on the committee for the annual Operation Prom Night.
I joined KCFD1 in 2019 as an EMS Billing Specialist. I provide assistance to the Lead EMS Billing Specialist with insurance claims and customer service. I contact insurance companies for claims follow up and assist clients with questions and concerns, as well as assisting with district event planning.
We provide ambulance service to 490 sq. miles
EMS accounts for over 70% of our call volume
Operation Prom Night
A typical response to an ALS call