Our Fort Bend County EMS was formed in 1972 and is still going strong and growing, There are currently 16 paramedic units, called MICUs (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) and three single paramedics that are in squad which are SUVs located in rural areas. Fort Bend EMS has one in Needville, one in Orchard and one in the Fulshear-Simonton area. There are also three 24-hour supervisors on duty strategically placed on East, one North and one central. With more than 48 years of pre-hospital experience, the Fort Bend Count EMS is committed to serving its patients, its citizens and its staff with Compassion, Empathy, Teamwork, Innovation, Professionalism and Safety.
We sat down with Chief Graig Temple to ask him about EMS and what he would like the community to know about them
We understand that you have special programs that the greater community may not know about.
There are always situations where there immediate thought call is 911. The county is growing, but if you have a cough or stump your toe, should they be calling 911?
If we have someone with stroke-like symptoms or a heart attack and they live alone, what should they do to help you before you arrive, if it is possible.
What about our medications, should we bring those with us or a list for our doctors?
What kind of procedures can you do in an ambulance?
According to Temple, the running joke and the things EMS tries to educate the public is “We’re not Ambulance Drivers, we are much more than that. We are definitely clinicians. Paramedics go through several thousand of training, we work side-by-side with your ER doctors and ER nurses to make sure we are delivering the best possible care to you at your point of injury.”
When someone has a do not resuscitate or a living will, and they call 911, what happens?
What are your plans for expansion in Fort Bend County, can you tell us?
What can the citizens of this county do to help?