Lt. Floyd Woods
“The Joliet Fire Department EMS Division’s mission is to provide rapid response to 9-1-1 medical emergencies with the highest level of training, including Advanced Life Support, to the sick and injured, with compassion and regard for safety. We also seek to enhance the quality of living in our community by promoting wellness and health education.”
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
The Joliet Fire Department operates with 9 front line Advanced Life Support ambulances and 9 ALS fire engines. This gives us the advantage of having an ALS ambulance and ALS engine at each of our 9 stations. We also have 9 reserve ALS ambulances that are used to support our many special events throughout the city annually.
EMS training for the members of the Joliet Fire Department consisted of daily refreshers, monthly training, Silver Cross EMS System CME requirements and guest lecturers. The daily training was set to the individual and engine company level and varied from Standing Medical Order refreshers to cardiac emergencies. Monthly training was done on a multi-company level and covered such topics as blood borne pathogens to advanced RSI intubations.
As of this report, 206 out of 209 members are paramedic certified. Of the remaining three, we have two EMT-B certified, one emergency first responder.
Joliet Paramedics have received special recognition from Provena Saint Joseph Hospital for their outstanding work pre-hospital in Nero stroke and cardiac STEMI patients. Our paramedics also mentored EMT-B and EMT-P ride-a-long students from Joliet Junior College, Silver Cross Hospital Paramedic School, Morris Hospital Paramedic School, and WILCO EMT-B School passing on their knowledge and real life, hands on experiences to the next generation of medics.
In addition to their regular duties, Joliet Fire Department paramedics served as the on-site medics for numerous local and national events including: Joliet Slammer professional Baseball team; NASCAR Sprint Cup, Truck and Nationwide Series, ARCA racing, the Richard Petty Driving School at Chicagoland Speedway, NHRA Grand Nationals and other events at the Route 66 Raceway, the Joliet Autobahn Country Club, Joliet Central, Joliet West and Plainfield South High School football games, PAC MMA mixed martial arts, Joliet Park District Taste of Joliet, plus numerous special events for the City of Joliet.
The Joliet Fire Department Paramedic Service proudly continues to serve the citizens of Joliet and the guests who visit our city.