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Celebrating 20 Years of City-Owned EMS

20 years of delivering advanced emergency medical service
Post Date:07/30/2020 8:00 AM

The City of Grand Prairie cele­brates 20 years of delivering advanced emergency medical service (EMS). On August 1, 2000, the first city-owned ambulance transported its first patient. Twenty years later, the Grand Prairie Fire Department (GPFD) averages ap­proximately 8,300 medical transports per year.

“The infrastructure and training were already in place within the Fire De­partment,” said City Manager Tom Hart, who supported GPFD throughout its bidding process, “it just made sense to bring our outsourced EMS in-house and provide such an invaluable service to our citizens and visitors.”

On July 13, 1999, the Grand Prairie City Council approved a resolution appointing GPFD as the primary EMS provider. Shortly after, GPFD purchased seven ambulances and hired 42 firefighters to serve as certified paramedics. Currently, 217 paramedics are servicing 81 square miles, four counties, and six public school districts that comprise the City of Grand Prairie.

“We celebrate the men and women who make up the GPFD EMS,” said Fire Chief Robert Fite. “Their dedication, professionalism, and courage make our EMS system among the best in the country. We are grateful for their service and pledge to continue supporting training and safety initiatives.”

The GPFD EMS has received multiple recognitions throughout the years from the American Heart Association and the North Central Texas Trauma Re­gional Advisory Council.