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The Orland Fire Protection District provides some of the best trained and experienced paramedics in the suburban area to the 33 square miles that is the Orland Fire District. All six fire stations have advanced life support ambulances and fire apparatus which are fully equipped with state of the art medical equipment. Ambulances are staffed with a minimum of two paramedics. Additionally every fire apparatus is staffed with two paramedics and a lieutenant. Response to all calls for medical help is handled by the closest ambulance and fire apparatus, available at all hours of the day, seven days a week. The Orland Fire Protection District provides the highest quality of prehospital care available.

All firefighters employed at the Fire District are cross-trained as paramedics to allow smooth transitions between fire and rescue emergencies to emergency medical incidents as service demands. The majority of these paramedics are trained at one of two area system hospitals, Ingalls Hospital located in Harvey or Advocate Christ Medical Center located in Oak Lawn. Paramedics are required to attend about one year of schooling and complete clinical rotations in the hospital emergency room and ride along time on advanced life support ambulances. To learn more about becoming a paramedic, visit the Region VII EMS website at www.regionviiems.com. Orland Fire Protection District requires all firefighters to have paramedic certification prior to being hired.

Hospitals frequently transported to by the Fire District ambulances include:

 

The Orland Fire Protection District maintains an automated patient care record system for residents with medical conditions who live within the Fire District. This software is programmed to capture patient data upon 9-1-1 call and helps to monitor and evaluate patient care. If you or a family member are an Orland resident and have a medical problem that should be known, please submit a patient information form. The Fire District is committed to the protection of all individual’s private patient healthcare information (HIPPA Notice).