TAVARES — A Lake County Fire Rescue Advanced Life Support Fire Engine will be housed at 16035 County Road 448 in Lake Jem beginning Monday, March 6. The facility will be staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with two firefighter/emergency medical technicians and one firefighter/paramedic.
The temporary location for Fire Station 78 will be replaced by a permanent facility, which is scheduled for construction later this year. The new station in the Lake Jem area will provide residents and business owners with improved fire service response and emergency medical delivery service.
The addition of Station 78 increases the number of strategically located fire stations with equipment and fulltime emergency staff to serve the unincorporated area of Lake County to 16 stations. The addition of this station was based on established emergency response time standards and expected growth of the area.
In addition, the new Lake Jem fire station features advanced life support (ALS) service. The primary difference between basic and advanced life-support services is paramedics. All Lake County firefighters are trained emergency medical technicians (EMT) and are able to conduct basic life-support care such as CPR, IV preparation, basic airway maneuvers and a number of other procedures.
Paramedics are medical professionals that provide out-of-hospital care in emergencies. Education for a paramedic is typically three to four times longer than an EMT and includes more than 200 hours of training in a hospital emergency room and on an emergency apparatus such as a fire truck or ambulance. Paramedics are proficient in monitoring heart rhythms, delivering precise electrical therapy (defibrillation) to patients suffering certain abnormal rhythms, preparing and administering a number of emergency medications and providing more advanced respiratory support.
Since July 2001, the Lake County Fire Rescue Division has updated its fire stations from basic to advanced life support as needed. The addition of Station 78 will bring the number of ALS stations to 8. The seven other fire stations in Lake County featuring ALS service include Station 72 in Grand Island, Station 112 in Four Corners, Station 10 in Astor, Station 39 in Sorrento/Mount Plymouth, Station 15 in Pine Lakes, Station 21 in Lake Norris and Station 82 near U.S. Highway 27. Fire Rescue officials update fire stations to ALS service based on call volume and severity of calls.