First Response Division
First Response, within our service area, is provided by
area Fire Departments and Emergency Response Agencies. First Response is
provided under the oversight of Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services as
per State of Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical
Services Rules and Regulations. Each responder must complete an approved course
provided by Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services and successfully
complete a State certification exam before they receive their certification.
They must be affiliated with an emergency agency and be part of an organized
Both Clarksville Fire Rescue and all Montgomery County
Volunteer Fire Departments, provide first responder coverage within their own
response district. Most of their responses are at a basic life support level as
well as having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on board their First
Response unit. Each of these agencies participate in active Quality Improvement
and education, meeting regularly with the EMS Compliance and Education Officer,
and coordinating questions with the Medical Director.
Medical equipment and supplies are provided by the
individual agencies and replaced, after use, through the EMS Logistics
Division. Inspection of each individual response vehicle is provided on an
annual basis through EMS. Records of patient contacts and patient care are
maintained at both the response agency and the EMS. Response criteria are
always based on the type of emergency need, the severity of injury, and the
response time of the EMS unit assigned the call.
Emergency First Responder Agencies