EMS / Life Squad 9
In January 1978, Lucas County Life Squad Nine was housed at the Whitehouse Fire Station. This squad consists of 9 full time employees and several part time employees. The station is manned 24 hours a day and responds to emergency calls throughout Whitehouse and western Lucas County, but can respond anywhere within the County.
The firefighters / paramedics are on duty for 24 hours and then off for 48 hours. While on duty (24 hour shifts), they reside at the Fire Station located on Waterville Street, which is equipped with full living quarters.
Our firefighter/paramedics are highly trained individuals that possess the following credentials: A State of Ohio EMT-P certification, Level II Fire Fighter certification, BLS, ACLS, and PEPP certifications. They must have 60 -160 hours of on-the-job training with a L.C.E.M.S. Life Squad or equivalent E.M.S. background and complete continuing education courses and be re-certified every three years.
The Whitehouse Fire Department also provides emergency medical ambulance service. We primarily transport BLS (Basic Life Support) patients to St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio. However, if needed, we also transport ALS (Advanced Life Support) patients if the Life Squad is not available and we have paramedics on-hand. On occasion, we transport patients to other area hospitals depending on St. Luke’s availability or the patient’s needs.
Sometimes, due to the critical status of patients a helicopter will be requested to the scene of a vehicle crash or to a designated landing zone for specialized medical patients. In these specialized situations the helicopter medical staff will make a determination of the transport. Traumatic injury patients will be air evacuated to the nearest level one trauma center where the highest level of care is possible. Specialized patients will be transported to the nearest facility capable of providing specialized care. Helicopters are requested only by our on-scene medical supervisor and incident commander once the patient has been assessed.
We are very fortunate to have these highly trained individuals just minutes away!
As a goal to properly educate as many people as possible in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, the Whitehouse Fire Department offers CPR classes at a very low cost. Please call Program Coordinator Cheryl Smigelski at 419-877-0363 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.