EMS Coordinator: Capt. Chris Whitehead
The Bloomfield Township EMS Service was established in July 1977. It was the third Advanced Life Support (ALS) system licensed in Oakland County and the fourth licensed in the state of Michigan. In 1998, Bloomfield Township Paramedics became the first in Oakland County to provide 12-Lead Electrocardiograms (EKG’s). In 2010, our EMS service enhanced and began transporting.
The Fire Department operates four frontline ALS transport units, three Paramedic Engines and a Paramedic Ladder Company, 24 hours a day with a minimum of two Paramedics on each unit. All uniformed members of the Fire Department are licensed to one of the levels of pre-hospital medicine. These units are staffed with 61 Paramedics and 2 Basic Emergency Medical Technicians.
The Bloomfield Township Fire Department EMS Division offers CPR/AED classes that include instruction in adult, child and infant CPR to Bloomfield Township residents, Bloomfield Township community organizations and employees of Bloomfield Township businesses. Classes are free and are offered three times a year. Call the fire department at 248-433-7745 between the hours of 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Monday - Thursday for more information and to pre-register.
The Bloomfield Township Fire Department and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital have entered into a partnership involving Community Paramedicine. The Community Paramedicine program involves Fire Department personnel and doctors at St Joseph Hospital to communicate through secure video conferencing, once a patient has been released from their hospital. This is done in the comfort of the patient’s home 1-3 days after the patient has been discharged from the hospital, to ensure the patient is following all the discharge recommendations and that they will not need to be readmitted to the hospital. Once the Community Paramedicine visit is completed, Fire Department personnel conduct a home safety inspection to identify any hazards that may be present and help rectify any that are present. This is all done free of charge for the residents of Bloomfield Township.