We are Poudre Fire Authority which means, as our name implies, that we put out fires within our 235-square-mile service area and beyond. However, as an all-hazards agency, we also respond to other types of emergencies -- some more than people may know.
In 2017, for example, roughly 65 percent of the 22,202 calls to which our firefighters were dispatched were medical in nature -- think heart attacks, falls, broken bones, and more. That's why, if you've ever wondered, a fire engine or truck shows up to your house when you called 911 thinking they'd send only an ambulance.
Emergency Medical Services, or EMS, is at the core of what we do at PFA. All of our firefighters are certified, at a minimum , as emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, and some employees have more advanced certifications.
Not only that, but PFA is the authority having jurisdiction with the responsibility to provide EMS services. What does that mean?
It's a fancy, legal way of saying that PFA works with public organizations, as well as through public-private partnerships and formal agreements, to provide world-class emergency medical services to all people within a 2,200-square-mile area in Northern Larimer County.
Those with questions may contact EMS Battalion Chief Kevin Waters at 970-416-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.