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The protocols for types of calls that require a paramedic are set by The Stamford Hospital and are in alignment with national protocols for paramedic responses. According to Ron Hammer Director of Post 53, “because of the close proximity of SEMS paramedics, they are able to respond very quickly if the call warrants a paramedic. We request their response immediately if it is a call when, according to our protocols, requires a paramedic. Darien EMS Post 53 provides the paramedic unit with a fly-car which is normally stationed at the Glenbrook Fire Department, unless there is inclement weather, in which case the Paramedic is stationed at our headquarters. For every call in Darien, we respond with an ambulance, and an Advanced-EMT (a higher level EMT) who responds in a fly car and, if needed, a paramedic from Stamford (or Norwalk paramedics if Stamford medics are all out on call). By dispatching multiple vehicles from several locations simultaneously, we accomplish many things: we don't have to occupy the paramedic units on less critical calls, thus keeping them reserved for the true emergencies, and our response times are among the very best in the State."
Darien EMS does not charge for their services. However, Stamford Emergency Medical Services is not a volunteer agency and must charge patients for their services. As Darien EMS is the transporting ambulance (with the paramedic onboard) we are responsible for collecting the fee for the paramedic. SEMS receives all of these fees. Insurance companies, HMO's and Medicare require that the name of the transporting ambulance be on the bill (Post 53 when in Darien). This money collected by Post 53 is given entirely to SEMS.