Welcome to Putnam County FL, Emergency Services!

You Are Why We Are Here

Sun, Oct 22, 2017
  • To serve the county by helping its people and first responders, especially when they are most in need

  • Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, and Respect

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Putnam County Fire & EMS EMTs, Paramedics, and Firefighters have adopted a Code of Ethics based on the U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy’s Code. It has been adapted to reflect Putnam County Fire & EMS.

As a member of Putnam County Fire & EMS, I understand that I have the responsibility to conduct myself in a manner that reflects proper ethical behavior and integrity. In so doing, I will help foster a continuing positive public perception of the Fire & EMS service. Therefore, I pledge the following
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EMS Responder safety

Occupant safety in ambulances.

USFA partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on an ambulance and EMS vehicle safety study to reduce vehicle-related injuries to responders. The project outfitted an ambulance with two types of vehicle occupant restraints. Study objectives included:
  • The analysis of crash data for ambulance and EMS vehicles
  • A review of data on ambulance crash statistics.
  • Hazard identification and task analysis.
  • Development of occupant restraint systems.
  • Determination of appropriate crash testing methodologies
  • Development of occupant restraint systems.
  • Modeling of ambulance crash scenarios.
  • Analysis of human factors affecting the task performance of EMS workers in ambulance patient compartments.

You can read more about this project on the NIOSH website

Approximately 25 percent of on-duty firefighter fatalities occur each year while responding to or returning from incidents, with the majority of fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes. Vehicle collision is the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities.

Emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety

Best Practices for Emergency Vehicle and Roadway Operations Safety! Serves as a basic guide for all firefighters and law enforcement officers to improve their level of safety at work. It discusses training, policy development, education and technology to enhance emergency vehicle and roadway safety operations.

Developing Traffic Control Assistant Training Programs! Provides information and guidelines for the training and use of volunteers in fire or police department traffic control units to protect responders and the public at vehicle crashes, fires, or at special events in the community.

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Mission

To support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a county we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Ethos

To serve the county by helping its people and first responders, especially when they are most in need.

Core Values

Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, and Respect

We work closely with the local Health Department, local hospital, and all hospitals in the North East Florida area. During a recent visit to Putnam County, one of the comments that were written by a State BEMO Inspector was that “Putnam County is a model of excellence” as our organization received an “Exemplary” rating. Our division and its individual members have won multiple State awards and recognitions
Putnam County Fire & EMS is a full-service EMS ambulance provider which is licensed to operate by Florida Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight (BEMO). As a division of the Putnam County Department of Emergency Services, we help and assist in “All Hazards.We maintain eight designated zones and cover over 800 square miles throughout the county with front-line, state-of-the-art Advanced Cardiac Life Support transport ambulances along with three supervisory vehicles which are heavy rescue equipped and are rapid-response firefighting capable. Putnam County Fire & EMS is also regulated by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and the State Fire Marshall’s Office as we are also involved with Fire Service Operations. We strongly support the local Volunteer Fire Departments with any assistance we are able to give as needed/when requested

Training's & Presentations

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We provide speakers on related topics (CPR, First Aid, Personal Safety) for civic organizations, schools, businesses, and private groups. Demonstrations can be tailored for your specific needs., We ask that you kindly please remember that any speaker or demonstration that may be scheduled is subject to change or postponement with little notice, as most of these events,,are handled by on-duty personnel that are,subject to , emergency call and response.

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Responder safety study

The safety and health of EMS responders is a critical issue for both fire departments and third service EMS providers.

USFA is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs to study EMS responder health and safety issues, including:

  • Active shooter and mass casualty incidents.
  • Emergency vehicle operations.
  • Hazardous materials incidents.
  • Helicopter safety.
  • Infection control.
  • Lifting.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Physical fitness and stress management.

Study results and safety guidance will be published in 2017