Clayton Fire has a long history in EMS
The City of Clayton Fire Department has a rich history and has been a pioneer in the area in the field of emergency medical services.(EMS) As we take the time to celebrate EMS week this year we reflect back on the strides that we have made and will continue to make to work towards our goal of making the City of Clayton a safe place to enjoy for all of our residents, guests, and employees.
The Clayton Fire Department first began to provide medical first responders as early as the 1920’s. In 1932 the Fire Department saw the need improve their delivery of emergency medical service and purchased their first ambulance, a converted police wagon purchased from the City of St. Louis, making Clayton one of the first Fire Service ambulances in the country. All fire apparatus was equipped with advanced life support equipment in 1989, with all staff cars housing Automatic External Defibrillators(AED) by 2000.
The leaders within the department recognized a need for advanced training and began staffing Emergency Medical Technicians in the early 1960’s. Several members of the department were a part of the pilot Paramedic training program in 1975 which allowed us to begin staffing our trucks with Paramedics. This put the department ahead of the curve where we have remained. In 1997 the department committed to only hiring Paramedics and currently 32 of the departments 34 members hold a Paramedic license with the remaining 2 being Emergency Medical Technicians.
The Fire Department responded to 1,721 EMS calls in 2017. This shows a steady increase of just over 15% in the last 10 years. With the increase in residential population, new commercial construction and the assisted living community being added soon, we look for that number to continue to rise. The Clayton Fire Department continues to stay at the forefront of the industry through advanced training programs partnering with Washington University School of Medicine and public programs like the soon to be implemented PulsePoint program. We look forward to continuing to find improved ways to serve for years to come..