Klamath County Fire District No.1 provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance response and pre-hospital care within a 492 square mile Ambulance Service Area. EMS response accounts for the bulk of work done by our responders. In 2019, 6047 of the KCFD1’s 7795 calls for service were EMS related.
All uniformed KCFD1 personnel are licensed EMTs or Paramedics. KCFD1 was one of the first Fire-EMS organizations in Oregon to create single role EMS positions. The District did this for several reasons; to ensure availability of ambulances for other emergencies during fire responses, to create positions for personnel specialized in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services, to create an alternative entry level position into the organization, and as a cost savings measure.
EMS providers are assigned to one of three shifts. They work alongside fire suppression personnel on emergency scenes, in the stations, and during training events. EMS providers are supervised by Captains and Battalion Chiefs under general direction of the EMS Division Chief and the Medical Director.
KCFD1 staffs three ALS ambulances responding from Station 1, Station 3, and Station 4. Each ambulance is staffed with a minimum of one Paramedic and one EMT. Firefighter Paramedics & Firefighter EMTs supplement EMS staff on ambulances as needed. All 4 front-line KCFD1 engines are equipped to provide ALS response.
Klamath County Fire District No.1 utilizes the latest technology, extensive new hire training and continuing education, plus progressive standing medical orders to ensure our patients receive the best pre-hospital medical care available. KCFD1 EMS providers are equipped with Physio Control LifePak 15 cardiac monitors, Airtraq video laryngoscopes, Stryker Power Cots, and a safe modern fleet of ambulances.
KCFD1 EMS partners with Klamath Community College, Rogue Community College, Central Oregon Community College, and College of the Siskiyous by providing opportunities for EMT and Paramedic student internships.
Division Chief Devon Brown was hired by KCFD1 in 2017. His fire service career started in 1997 and progressed from a volunteer and resident firefighter to full-time Firefighter/EMT, Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant, then Captain. He has extensive experience in technical rescue, helicopter rescue and critical care transport. DC Brown earned Associates Degrees in General Studies with Fire Science emphasis, Paramedicine, Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He is a licensed Paramedic and Registered Nurse.