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Emergency Medical Service (EMS)

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Fire Department Emergency Medical Services
Phone: 920.236.5247

The Oshkosh Fire Department provides medical care with paramedics. Paramedics provide the highest level of pre-hospital care available in Emergency Medical Services. Ambulances strategically located at the city's six fire stations respond with fire trucks to provide timely care to the citizens of Oshkosh. Ambulances are staffed with two firefighter/paramedics. Three primary ambulances are always staffed and ready to respond. If all three of the primary ambulances are busy, the fire trucks in Oshkosh are also staffed with paramedics. The paramedics on the fire engines can respond with additional cross staffed ambulances to provide seamless care, even during very busy periods. A duty chief monitors call volumes throughout the city to ensure Oshkosh always has the ability to further respond to medical or fire emergencies that may arise.

The Emergency Medical Services division manages the department's paramedic ambulance services. The EMS division also coordinates continuing education for paramedics. The City of Oshkosh Fire Department responds to all emergency and non-emergency medical calls within the city limits. It also responds to emergency calls in the following areas:

  • City of Omro
  • Town of Algoma
  • Town of Black Wolf
  • Town of Nekimi
  • Town of Omro
  • Town of Poygan
  • Town of Rushford
  • Town of Van Dyne
  • Town of Winneconne
  • Village of Winneconne

The Oshkosh Fire Department receives its dispatches from the Winnebago County 911 center located at the Winnebago County Sherriff's Office. 911 dispatchers use a medical priority dispatch system to determine the resources needed and if the responders should use their lights and siren.

The Oshkosh Fire Department participates in the Fox Valley Regional Trauma Advisory Committee which provides recommendations on treatment and transport for critically injured trauma patients. This committee recommends critically injured patients be transported to Theda Clark Regional Trauma Center, which is verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level II trauma center. The Oshkosh Fire Department utilizes Theda Star and Flight for Life helicopters to assist in transport of critically injured trauma patients to Theda Clark Regional Trauma Center when the conditions warrant.