Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division includes 86 licensed Paramedics operating 4 front-line (and one fully equipped reserve) advanced life support (ALS) ambulances from stations throughout the Village of Palatine. In addition to front line ambulances, our fire apparatus are equipped with ALS equipment. Palatine responds with an ambulance and a fire apparatus (engine, tower, quint or squad) to emergency calls. Personnel on our fire apparatus are also paramedics and can respond and provide the same quality care as the personnel on our ambulances. The Palatine Fire Department responds to approximately 8,000 calls each year with 65% of those calls being emergency medical service (EMS) calls.
Training & Licensing
Palatine paramedics work under guidelines established by the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System. Paramedic training consists of approximately 2 years of classroom and practical experience. Continuing Education is an important part of the EMS program. Palatine paramedics must attend monthly EMS in-station training provided by instructors from Northwest Community Hospital and are required to pass exams at the end of each class in order to maintain their licensure from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Paramedics must transport patients to the closest hospital per Illinois Law, but with permission from Medical Control we can transport to the following hospitals depending on the emergency: