Effective October 1st, the Cape Coral Fire Department upgraded Ladder 1 located at Fire Station 1, 4610 Coronado Pkwy., from Basic Life Support to Advanced Life Support services.
Basic Life Support (BLS) is provided by EMTs (the minimum level of medical training required for Cape Coral firefighters). Advanced Life Support (ALS) is provided by certified paramedics. This advanced care includes administering intravenous (IV) medications and fluids, cardiac monitoring, and advanced airway techniques. ALS service is the highest level of pre-hospital care and provides the same care as an ambulance.
“We are excited to be able to expand ALS services throughout more of the City, allowing us to provide the highest level of life-saving care to more members of the community,” said Fire Chief Ryan W. Lamb.
With the addition of Station 1, nine of Cape Coral’s 11 fire stations have ALS capabilities. This puts the Department on track to accomplish its strategic goal of having all ALS stations by the end of October 2020.