As another way to protect the lives and property of our community, which is the department's primary function, the Fire Operations Division also responds to medical emergencies.
The department is licensed by the State of Michigan to provide a non-transporting basic life support service that provides lifesaving care to the injured or ill very quickly. This rapid response along with the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation with an automatic external defibrillator and Combi-Tubes offer the victim of a cardiac arrest (heart attack) the best possible chance for survival. The Bay City Department of Public Safety Fire Operation Division can currently provide all three of these types of treatment. Advanced life support and ambulance transportation is provided by the hospital based ambulance service. The key to this service is fast response, and in most cases a fire department unit is on the scene and treating the patient before the ambulance arrives. This quick response relates directly to lives saved. Members of the department assist the paramedics after they arrive if needed to provide the best possible care to the patient.
All of Bay City's frontline apparatus are also licensed by the State of Michigan to provide non-transporting basic life support service and they respond to medical emergencies in their medical districts. Each company is staffed with at least one firefighter/EMT at all times. The use of the engine companies for medical emergencies allows response times to be cut which provides the public better service while maintaining cost effectiveness at the same time.