Since 1978, the Pocatello Fire Department has contracted with Bannock County to provide ambulance services. The Pocatello Fire Department provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) Services throughout Bannock County. ALS ambulances are staffed by full-time paramedics who respond from 3 Pocatello fire stations. Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances are staffed by dedicated on-call volunteers who respond from the cities of Inkom, Downey and Lava Hot Springs, providing service to emergencies in southern Bannock County.
Why Does a Fire Truck Respond on an EMS Call?
Within the city limits of Pocatello a fire truck will respond on an EMS call, in addition to the ambulance. There are several reasons why this is done:
Firefighters are trained EMT's that can provide emergency service if first on scene.
There are 4 fire stations in Pocatello, front-line ambulances are only in 3. By sending a fire truck it allows for a quicker response time. Surrounding communities provide first responders that arrive to provide EMS until an advanced life support ambulance arrives.
Additional personnel may be needed if patient is in cardiac arrest, or to assist in movement of a patient to the ambulance.
How Do I Become a South County Ambulance Volunteer?
Volunteers staff ambulance in Inkom, Downey, and Lava Hot Springs. Learn more (PDF) if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.