Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department provides 24-hour emergency care and transportation to 284 square miles in parts of Rice, Dakota, Scott, and Goodhue Counties. Our Nationally Registered paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) bring advanced care to your home or to the scene of an accident or illness. They are trained in establishing emergency airways, administering medication for pain and critical illnesses, starting IV’s, performing advanced assessments, and screening for heart attacks and strokes. The EMS providers have constant contact with an Emergency Room physician based at Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Department. Dr. Jennifer Fischer, staff physician at Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Department, serves as the EMS system medical director.
In addition to emergency care and transportation, the EMS department also provides standby services for sporting events, corporate retreats, and civic functions. The department is licensed by the state of Minnesota to provide initial and recertification training for First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians. The service also has agreements with four technical colleges to serve as a clinical site for paramedic and EMT training. See left side class listing.
Current outreach programs include “Northfield Area Heart Safe Project,” a volunteer-led system designed to promote early recognition of sudden cardiac arrest, bystander CPR, and the early use of defibrillators. Bystander CPR is a “no-fear,” hands-only method that anyone can perform, and has been shown to increase the odds of survival in sudden cardiac arrest. The EMS team is working closely with local businesses, civic groups, religious organizations, schools, and the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium to educate community members in hands only CPR. For more information about this program, email the project coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-646-1523.
The department also enjoys its frequent requests from schools and daycare providers for safety education and ambulance tours. EMS promotes safety through bike helmet sales, “ice cream for helmets” incentive program, high school mock crash events, and participation in the Rice County TZD Safe Roads Coalition. For more information about these programs, or to schedule an ambulance tour for your group, please email our scheduling coordinator at email@example.com.
EMS Exploring is also an important part of the EMS department. Explorer Post 3300 recruits and trains young men and women age 14 to 21 to work in the EMS industry. Exploring is a part of the Boy Scouts of America. The Explorers provide special event medical coverage, CPR training, and hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to cover the cost of running an EMS Explorer post. Explore Now!
Do you have a story to tell? Would you like to recognize one or more of our employees? Please feel free to contact Brian Edwards, EMS Manager, at 507-646-1444, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Remember: in an emergency, the fastest way to get help is to call 911. Please go here for information about using 911.