Our goal is to further the professional advancement of the EMS Section of fire service through support and encouragement of pre-hospital emergency medical services, thereby relieving human trauma or illness. To promote standard medical protocols and record keeping systems consistent with fire-oriented based and advanced life support providers; and to provide technical and managerial information on systems development and management.

Our Purpose:

  • The purpose of the Section shall be to support and uphold the articulated and adopted Mission Statement and advancement, to include but not limited to:
  • To promote self development, education and training programs for fire-based EMS Professionals throughout the state.
  • To increase EMS leadership and management skills and knowledge within the fire departments of Washington State.
  • To identify and make available technical information and guidance to the members of this section.


Posted: Aug 8, 2013

Rhabdomyolysis: The New Fire Service Issue

Are your new recruits at risk for exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER)? Central Pierce Fire and Rescue had two recruits develop ER during recent fire training academies. These individuals were physically fit, one a distance runner and the other a cross-fit enthusiast.  What is ER?  Why did these indivuaduals develop it?  What could we have done to prevent it?  

Acute exertional rhabdomyolysis is a problem encountered by firefighters as a result of extreme or novel physical demands placed on the musculoskeletal system.  When skeletal muscle fibers breakdown, their intracellular contents enter the bloodstream and can clog the kidneys.  This can cause potentially serious side effects and even death...

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