Photo by LACoFD Photographer Douglas Morrison.
On Thursday evening, March 21, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) joined the Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS) to celebrate 50 years of the County’s paramedic program. The formal event took place at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum in Bellflower.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby spoke at the event, reflecting on his own experience as a paramedic and discussed the Department’s contribution to paramedicine: “I am the first paramedic in my Department to become fire chief. Since I’ve been the fire chief for eight years, our call volume in our Department has doubled… We bought an ePCR, an electronic patient care report, so we no longer use EMS forms, which helps us integrate information.”
On December 8, 1969, LACoFD’s Squad 59 became one of the first mobile critical care units, kicking off a long history of medical rescues. This monumental “golden anniversary” celebrates the history of the innovative, ground-breaking program that has been replicated all over the world.
Kevin Tighe, from the television show, “Emergency!”, served as this year’s special guest and keynote speaker.