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Squad 4

SQUAD# 4


Squad #4
2005 Ford E-350 van 
- photo by Tara Bithia

    
     Paramedic service
was initiated by the Cambridge Fire Department on 1 May 2005.

     Squad #4 runs out of the quarters of Engine Company #4 in North Cambridge and Squad #2 runs out of the quarters of Engine Company #2 in Lafayette Square. Each squad is staffed by 2 Fire Department members, with at least one paramedic (usually 2) on duty. Rescue Company #1 is also a full ALS unit, with at least one (and usually 2) paramedic/firefighters on duty in each group.  
    In addition to Emergency Medical Service Advanced Life Support supplies and equipment, each rig is equipped with firefighting forcible-entry and search tools, rabbit tool, thermal-imaging -camera, Class A and Class BC fire extinguishers, SCBA, hydraulic rescue tools and cutters, and air sampling devices and meters. These Squads bring City of Cambridge Fire Department EMS care to the 21st century and also enhance our firefighting capability, as well as our capability to mitigated hazardous materials incidents and provide defense against terrorist attack. Fire department medics participate in our ongoing training to operate as tactical firefighter/paramedics in various types of special hazards, homeland defense, and technical rescue situations.
    The rigs are Ford E-350 vans. The CFD shop mechanics and technical service personnel completed outfitting and compartmentation. These rigs are non-transporting units. Professional Ambulance will both assist in provision of medical care and provide transport to medical facilities.
 
 
   
Fiscal Year Runs Building Fires EMS Mutual Aid
2004/2005 369 9 286 0
2005/2006 1731 54 1366 0
2006/2007 1919 64 1487 3
2007/2008 2327 54 1763 5
 

For more information on Squad #4, contact Captain Gregory Carter

e-mail address: gcarter@cambridgefire.org