EMS – Emergency Medical Services

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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The EMS Division strives to provide the highest level of services possible to the citizens of Kootenai County.

Kootenai County Fire & Rescue’s EMS division is a full service EMS provider including first responses and transport:

  • First responders
  • Ambulance transport within our Fire District
  • EMS transport within Kootenai County as part of the Kootenai County Emergency Medical Services System.

We provide both basic life support (EMT/EMT-I) and advanced life support service (Paramedics) to citizens 24/7. These services are provided by career staff. We also provide critical care transports in collaboration with KCEMSS.

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Kootenai County Emergency Medical Services System

KCEMSS contracts with the local fire departments to strategically place EMT’s and Paramedics throughout the county.

CPR & AED Awareness

Kootenai County Fire & Rescue supports the national campaign to increase CPR and AED awareness and encourages all members of the community to prepare themselves and their loved ones for a cardiac emergency by learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  We also encourage businesses throughout the community to consider investing in a lifesaving Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for their place of business.

CPR Training Resources

Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. People who take a CPR course or view a CPR instructional video are significantly more likely to attempt life-saving resuscitation.

KCFR offers a Hands-Only CPR course. Learn more about the details!

Full CPR courses are offered by many local agencies and businesses. A list of local CPR course providers is located on the American Heart Association website. Click here to find providers near Post Falls.  Both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer online CPR courses for a small fee.

You can also prepare yourself to act in an emergency by viewing Hands Only® CPR videos offered online by both the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.

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Naloxone Program

The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) is announced that the statewide naloxone distribution program has been relaunched. Naloxone is a medication, approved by the FDA, designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.

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Heart Healthy

Heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans each year. It is the leading killer amongst both men and women, but there’s lots we can do to stay heart healthy.