OJAI, Calif. – On March14, 2016, the Ventura County Fire Department increased the level of medical care available in the Ojai Valley by staffing a paramedic-firefighter at Station 21.
The department officially unveiled Medic Engine 21 at a ceremony attended by Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen, local dignitaries, and representatives from Lifeline Medical Transport and the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency. Paramedic equipment that will be used on the engine was on display and demonstrated by VCFD paramedics.
The new staffing plan will improve emergency medical services by reducing the time it takes for advanced life support (paramedic) to arrive at an emergency scene. The Ojai station was previously staffed with an emergency medical technician. VCFD paramedic-firefighters will now be stationed in Ojai, within the city limits, and Oak View.
“We’re not satisfied with the status quo,” said Lorenzen. “We’re looking for ways we can increase our level of service to the public, and one of the ways we can do that is to provide engine-based medics in east Ojai. We have partnered with Lifeline Medical Transport and the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency to make this a reality”.
The addition of Medic Engine 21 will bring the number of VCFD paramedic units on duty each day to 12. This includes 10 engines and two squads. These paramedics work closely with private transport providers to provide high quality EMS care in Ventura County.
“This is all about providing excellent customer service to the citizens of the Ojai Valley,” said Division Chief Norm Plott.
Photo Caption: VCFD Division Chief Norm Plott unveils Medic Engine 21 in Ojai.