Fire Department - Emergency Medical Services
The Skokie Fire Department provides Emergency Medical Service (EMS) to the community. Fire Department paramedics respond to more than 4,900 incidents each year. Three advanced life support ambulances are staffed and available around the clock to provide life-saving treatment in medical and traumatic emergencies.
For 30 plus years, the Skokie Fire Department has provided Paramedic service. From the early days of station wagons to today's modular Advanced Life Support Units, Skokie firefighters have continued to meet the needs of the community.
St. Francis Hospital EMS System
The Skokie Fire Department is a member of the St. Francis Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System. St. Francis has been an EMS resource hospital for more than 3 decades, representing 7 communities, 3 private providers and 2 non-transport agencies. Since 1974, their program has been dedicated to providing high quality pre-hospital education, including Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Paramedic Training and continuing education for EMTs and Paramedics.
St. Francis is one of four EMS systems that are incorporated in EMS Region 10, covering a large geographic area border on the south by Chicago extending to Wisconsin. As a region, in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health, multiple roles are served, including authorship of Standard Operating Procedures, Trauma Policy and Procedures, Standards and Practices and Disaster Management.
Uniform Do-Not-Resuscitate Advance Directive Form Available
Citizens now have more options in treatment level
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) created a new Uniform Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive form that offers Illinoisans more health care options. An advance directive is a written statement you and your doctor prepare, about how you want your medical decisions to be made in the future if you are no longer able to make them for yourself. The new IDPH form adds a greater level of specificity when it comes to decisions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and life support measures including being intubated, placed on a ventilator and fed through a tube. The new IDPH advance directive form also meets requirements to nationally be considered a physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) form.