Littleton Fire Rescue has been providing emergency medical services (EMS) to the City of Littleton, Littleton Fire Protection District and Highlands Ranch Metro District for over 30 years. Littleton was the first fire department in the state of Colorado to train fire fighters as paramedics. The paramedics and emergency medical technicians are all dual-role, cross-trained firefighter/medical technicians, providing high-quality emergency medical care to the public.
Littleton Fire Rescue is a full Advanced Life Support (ALS) agency. Every front line unit in each of the eight fire stations is staffed with a minimum of one paramedic. In addition, each fire engine and medic ambulance carries ALS drugs, a cardiac monitor defibrillator and ALS equipment to provide the highest level of emergency medical care. Littleton provides five ALS transport medic units supervised by a paramedic lieutenant and supported by six paramedic engines and two paramedic truck companies.
The EMS Division is managed by the EMS division captain with support from three EMS battalion captains. Medical control is provided by Dr. Eugene Eby, emergency room physician from Littleton Adventist Hospital who serves as the agency’s medical director.
More than 90 paramedics and more than 60 emergency medical technicians provide emergency medical care and transport of sick and injured patients. Critical or urgent patients requiring advanced life support are transported by the Littleton rescues.
Most patients seen by Littleton Fire Rescue request transport to five area hospitals: HealthOne Swedish Medical Center (Level I trauma designation), Littleton Adventist Hospital (Level II trauma designation), Health One Skyridge Medical Center (Level III trauma designation) Denver Porter Hospital (Level III trauma designation) and Children's Hospital, all within a 10-mile radius of the fire district. LFR will transport to all hospitals in the Denver Metro area and functions under the most current Denver Metro medical protocols.
Littleton Fire Rescue is a Colorado-approved and certified training center at both the paramedic and EMT-basic levels. LFR, with assistance from Littleton Adventist Hospital, provides EMS education for Littleton Fire Rescue personnel. Continuing Medical Education (CME) is presented to the staff monthly and is provided by a team of high-quality, in-house Littleton EMS instructors. Most instructors have many years of EMS experience and are certified by the State of Colorado as assistant and/or primary instructors. Littleton EMS presents classes in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (CPR), IV therapy and paramedic and EMT-B State practical exams.
Medics on Bikes (MOB) can quickly access sick or injured patients in crowded areas where a traditional medical response would be significantly delayed. The MOB teams are supported by the use of an all-terrain ambulance that is small and maneuverable in crowded areas. It also has the ability to go off-road and retrieve patients from the urban wildland interface areas. Medical coverage for all types of special events is scheduled through the special event coordinator.
Littleton Fire Rescue is committed to providing the citizens in the communities that we serve with programs that reduce injury, death or disability. LFR has a long tradition of providing injury prevention programs and public education to the public. The EMS Division, working cooperatively with the Fire Prevention Division and life safety educators, deliver a number of community risk-reduction and injury-prevention programs to the communities. Programs offered are: Bystander CPR; blood pressure monitoring; File of Life; care seat safety check; water safety; baby-sitter first aid; bicycle rodeo and helmet give-away; stranger awareness; life skills; senior safety awareness; kitchen safety; and holiday safety.