Due to the increased call volume for medical responses in the District, the program was initiated in an effort to improve response times, decrease the volume of emergency medical service (EMS) calls for fire suppression personnel, and reduce wear and tear on a full-size fire engine.
St. John’s Fire District recently purchased the two quick response SUV’s which allow for increased maneuverability and faster response times particularly in the District’s barrier islands, when visitors increase during the summer months. “We’re excited to launch this new emergency response service,” said Fire Chief Colleen Walz. “This program will benefit the community by providing a potentially faster and more efficient response to medical emergencies. I am proud of the hard work and dedication to the training of the STJFD personnel.”
In July of 2018, STJFD was awarded a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to provide additional medical training to STJFD personnel and equip the medical squads with equipment. Over 90% of STJFD personnel are certified to the Emergency Technician-Basic level or above. STJFD Squad 701 will be in service and stationed at St. John’s Fire District Station #4, located at 12 Sora Rail Road on Kiawah Island. An additional squad will be placed in service later this year.
-Submitted by Chief Fire marshal Ryan Kunitzer