September 1975, OFD sent four EMT/FFs to Valencia Community College's
Paramedic Course. State EMT certification was not
mandatory until 1980 and was minimum requirement for OFD in 1982.
The EMS Division of the Orlando Fire Department is
responsible for the overall compliance with all Federal, State, and
local laws and rules dealing with EMS. The EMS Division is also
responsible for the support role of ESF 8 Public Health in the event of
an activation of the Orlando Operations Center (OOC) of the
Emergency Management Center.
The Orlando Fire
Department EMS office is also a lead role in the current Metropolitan
Medical Response System or MMRS, as well as a support role for any major
incident both Fire and Medical inside the City of Orlando.
Fire Department Bicycle team is a unique concept of deploying a
two-member team of personnel to provide medical coverage to a large
crowd or limited access event. This 40+-member team covers parades,
downtown parties, road races, foot races and any other possibility when
there is a large crowd and limited access.
Each team consists of at
least one Paramedic and one EMT, who ride specialized mountain bikes
with EMS 1st response equipment. Each team is a quick response ALS team
which carries an Automatic External Defibrillator as well as a pocket
EKG interpreter. Each team is a rapid response stabilization team
designed to assess the patients need and determine the need for addition
treatment and level of care.