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Radford Takes on EMS Operations:
Radford, Va. – The Radford City Fire Department will resume the operation of Emergency Medical Services in Radford, beginning December 4, 2017. The city has had a three decade working relationship with Carilion to provide for these services; however, the Radford Fire Department is welcoming the opportunity to add Emergency Medical Services to their first responder responsibilities. “It has been our privilege and honor to serve the people of Radford,” said Krista Henderson, Senior Director of Carilion Clinic Patient Transportation. “We’re supportive of the efforts Radford City is taking to take on their EMS operations, and we’re committed to making this a smooth transition for the community.”
To ensure the same level of service and a seamless transition seven current firefighters have undergone EMT training and certification and nine Firefighter/Paramedics or Firefighter/EMTs were hired. All EMS service will be located at 1500 Wadsworth Street and will be provided 24/7.
There are about 1,950 EMS calls, as well as 650 fire calls each year in Radford. The City of Radford has Mutual Aid contracts in place with Pulaski and Montgomery Counties, should the need arise for multiple calls at a time, or should a mass casualty incident occur. Radford owns two ambulances that will be included in the transition over from Carilion and in the near future Radford looks to add a third ambulance, with financial assistance from grants and other sourced funding.
Fire Chief Rodney Haywood said, “The Radford Fire Department is ready to provide Emergency Medical Services to Radford; the veteran staff, as well as the new hires are trained, certified and excited to deliver the highest level of care to the community.”
Emergency Medical Services calls should be directed to the 911 Dispatch Center, as always.