166 Burlington Road
Harwinton, CT 06791
In 2013 Harwinton EMS received and responded to 489 calls for service. This is a 76% increase in call volume since 2004 - just 10 years later! Our calls range from vehicle accidents to traumatic injuries to medical emergencies. The ambulance is also dispatched to certain incidents requiring a fire department response to ensure quick access to medical treatment should any of our firefighters become injured. These types of responses include car fires, building fires, and brush fires.
In addition to our response there are times when it is necessary to have a paramedic level responder to assist with a patient’s treatment. Paramedics are licensed by the State to administer drugs and initiate procedures that are beyond the level of an Intermediate service. Harwinton primarily uses Campion Ambulance for our paramedic response. Burlington Ambulance with a Bristol Hospital medic on board are called when Campion is unavailable.
Paramedic responses have increased in recent years upon the adoption of the Emergency Medical Dispatch System (EMD). Previous to this system it was up to up to our responders to determine the need for Paramedic level care and request it. Today this is determined by the emergency dispatcher through a series of questions they ask the caller. Although the call may not always end up requiring the services of a Paramedic it is better to have them enroute in case they are needed. If the it is determined they are not needed they are requested to cancel.
Each time we transport with a Paramedic from Campion Ambulance, the Ambulance Association receives a bill for $325. This is paid out of our operating budget and is not always recovered through the patient’s insurance company. Listed below is the number of times a paramedic was dispatched to Harwinton for an emergency response. The number jumps up in 2007 when the EMD system was started by our regional dispatch. Implementation of this system is required by the State of Connecticut.