On the morning of Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr., Deputy Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone, and Battalion Chief Steve Swiatek joined firefighters from Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Fire Station 87 as the brand-new Paramedic Squad 87 left for its first run in the City of Industry. Paramedic Squad 115 in Norwalk and Paramedic Assessment Unit (PAU) Engine 59 in Whittier also began their first calls on Wednesday; a welcome relief for LACoFD firefighters who respond to over 1,000 calls for help throughout the County each day.
“These new paramedic squads represent a great accomplishment for LACoFD. They were long needed and will have a positive effect for personnel and overall service delivery,” said Project Manager and Fire Captain Erich Goetz.
Goetz shared that the project was a group effort between the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau, the Equipment Development Committee, Fire Shops, and Construction & Maintenance Division. Prior to the roll out, Fire Fighter Paramedic Shannan Pettinger helped with the outfitting of all the EMS supplies and prepared the units for the required EMS Agency audit.
These much-needed additions to the LACoFD fleet are expected to have an immediate impact as they lighten the load for personnel by reducing the number of calls for existing squads. For surrounding communities like Bassett, the delivery of emergency medical services will be improved with paramedic squads now able to respond to calls faster than before.