The Cape Elizabeth Fire-Rescue Department has a robust Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division with offices and apparatus stationed at Town Center Fire Station. The Department is licensed by Maine EMS as an EMT level service, with a permit to provide Paramedic level service. The Department has approximately 40 licensed EMS providers ranging from EMT to Paramedic. The EMS Division maintains two ambulances with supplemented response from the fire/rescue division for EMS assistance, motor vehicle collisions, and specialized rescue. In addition to patient care the EMS Division is responsible for providing administration, equipment, supplies, training and quality assurance & improvement to the entire Department.
The EMS Division also assists the Cape Elizabeth Police Department with ensuring that all Police Officers gain and maintain EMT licensure and have the necessary equipment to respond to medical emergencies. This provides two additional EMS Providers twenty-four hours a day (when not on police emergencies) to assist the Department as 1st responders. The immediate response of EMT/Police Officers has helped us improve the outcomes of many critically sick and injured patients.
Until 2012 EMS response was handled by volunteer (paid-by-call) EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics to respond to medical emergencies. A per-diem paramedic was added to the division in January of 2012. The per-diem paramedic works from Town Center Fire Station and responds to medical emergencies from 0800-1700 hours daily to support the volunteer providers. The Department relies of volunteer (paid-by-call) EMTs, AEMTs and Paramedics for the remainder of the coverage.