The Denver Health Paramedic Division employs 189 full-time paramedics and 36 EMTs and is supported by 32 command staff. The primary mission is to provide 911-ambulance service to Denver. More than 70,000 patients a year are treated and transported by DH Paramedics. In addition, a critical care transport ambulance staffed by a registered nurse is capable of performing critical care transfers and three emergency service patrol vans transport public inebriates to Denver CARES for detoxification.
The Denver Health Paramedics also provide EMS services at Denver International Airport, the fourth busiest airport in the country. Due to its size and volume of passengers, several paramedics are assigned to the airport to provide around the clock emergency care and transport to local area hospitals as needed.
Several operational teams complement the day to day operations and extend the division’s capability to respond to special events and mass gatherings, including the all-terrain medical unit (ATMU), wildland response and the disaster/mass gathering team.
DHPD’s ATMU was conceived during the 1991 Denver Grand Prix. Due to the nature of the event, a large and densely populated area of downtown Denver was inaccessible to ambulances during the race. Paramedics were outfitted with bicycles equipped with an AED, oxygen and a full complement of ALS supplies. The success during that event resulted in the ATMU team being deployed anytime there is an event that will draw large crowds.
Colorado’s hot, dry climate puts us at high risk for wildfire in the summer. The Wildland Response team provides support by traveling along the fireline and providing emergency medical care when needed to firefighters or community members being evacuated.
Denver is a premier destination for national – and international – conferences and events. From the 1997 G-8 Summit and the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos home games, the Denver Health Paramedic Division is the region’s leader in planning for and responding to these unique situations. All field personnel receive special training in responding to biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical and explosive (BNICE) emergencies