The Medical Services Division oversees all medical care, emergency medical training, and Mobile Integrated Healthcare services for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. ​

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) is dedicated to providing the highest level of prehospital care to our community. Our Medical Services Division comprises highly trained paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) prepared to respond to a wide range of medical emergencies, from routine calls to complex traumatic injuries.

Unwavering Commitment to Excellence

  • Evidence-Based Protocols: We collaborate with leading healthcare experts to develop and implement cutting-edge, evidence-based medical protocols, ensuring our practices reflect the latest medical advancements.
  • Advanced Technology Integration: Through continuous research and evaluation, we integrate the latest medical equipment into our operations, allowing us to provide the most effective care possible.

Medical Director Oversight

  • Dedicated Leadership: Our esteemed Medical Director team, comprised of nine experienced professionals, actively participates in training, continuing education, and the advancement of our paramedics and EMTs.
  • Real-World Experience: These Medical Directors consistently provide hands-on guidance, working alongside paramedics on emergency calls to ensure the highest standards of patient care are delivered in the field.

Investing in Our Personnel

  • Unwavering Commitment to Training: We prioritize the continuous development of our personnel through ongoing training programs. This ensures our paramedics and EMTs possess the most up-to-date knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional patient care.
  • Measurable Results: In Fiscal Year 2023, the Medical Services Division successfully provided EMS training for 72 recruits and transformed 52 state or nationally certified paramedics into highly skilled PBCFR paramedics.

Sharing Our Expertise

  • EMS World Expo 2023 Participation: The Medical Services Division proudly presented at the EMS World Expo, the largest EMS-dedicated event globally. This platform allowed us to showcase our innovative practices to a vast audience.
  • Award-Winning Performance: Our team's exceptional skills were recognized at the EMS World Expo, securing top placements in an EMS Skills competition against 34 other teams.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue: Your Trusted Partner in Emergency Care

Whole Blood Transfusion

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) is committed to delivering exceptional emergency medical services (EMS) to our community. Recognizing the critical need for more efficient and effective treatment of bleeding trauma patients, PBCFR implemented a pioneering program: the Prehospital Whole Blood Transfusion Program.

Grounded in comprehensive research and collaborative efforts with local trauma centers, PBCFR's program focuses on delivering whole blood transfusions in the prehospital setting. This innovative intervention significantly improves patient survival rates by rapidly replacing lost blood volume compared to traditional packed red blood cells, a critical factor during the "golden hour."

PBCFR stands as one of the select few agencies nationwide, and the sole provider within Palm Beach County, to offer this advanced form of prehospital care. Our dedication to continuous improvement is evidenced by:

  • Meticulous Training: PBCFR personnel undergo rigorous training to ensure the safe and efficacious administration of blood transfusions in emergency scenarios.
  • Award-Winning Program: The Prehospital Whole Blood Transfusion Program has received well-deserved recognition for its groundbreaking approach and positive impact on patient outcomes.
  • Published Research: PBCFR actively contributes to the medical field by publishing research on the program's implementation an​d early results.

PBCFR's Prehospital Whole Blood Transfusion Program exemplifies our unwavering​ commitment to providing the highest quality care to our community. This program empowers us to intervene swiftly, maximizing a trauma patient's chance of survival.

Partnering with PBCFR: A Commitment to Advanced Trauma Care

For the utmost peace of mind, knowing you have access to the most advanced trauma care available, choose Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

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​​EMS Ultrasound​

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) is at the forefront of emergency medical care, utilizing innovative EMS ultrasound technology to deliver faster, more accurate diagnoses and life-saving interventions. This cutting-edge technology empowers our paramedics to provide the most effective treatment in the field, leading to improved patient outcomes.

PBCFR EMS Ultrasounds in Action:

  • Enhanced Cardiac Assessment: EMS ultrasounds allow paramedics to quickly assess heart function, guiding critical treatment decisions and potentially saving lives.
  • Rapid Trauma Evaluation: By utilizing ultrasounds, internal bleeding and conditions like hemothorax, pneumothorax, and abdominal aortic aneurysms can be identified swiftly, ensuring patients receive the most appropriate care.
  • Improved Respiratory Analysis: Ultrasound technology aids in assessing lung function, helping paramedics diagnose pneumonia, pleural effusion, and pulmonary embolism, leading to more effective treatment plans.

PBCFR's commitment to advanced technology like EMS ultrasounds reflects our dedication to providing the highest level of emergency medical care to our community.

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 Contact Us

​​​Chief Herman W. Brice

Fire Rescue Complex
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
405 Pike Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411-3815

Phone:  561-616-7041