In 1973, the Lewisville Fire Department first began its EMS program with one ambulance staffed with Emergency Medical Technicians. In 1975, the need for an additional ambulance was recognized to allow for coverage on either side of Interstate 35. In May 1983, three firefighters graduated from Southwest Medical School’s Paramedic Program in Dallas and became the first paramedics in the Department. That same month the first Advanced Life Support ambulance was placed in service.
Today, the Lewisville Fire Department has five front line ambulances and three reserve ambulances providing advanced life support care. In 2018, the Department responded to over 11,500 calls for service. Of those, 70% were medical in nature.
Each ambulance carries the Texas Department of Health Certification as a Mobile Intensive Care Unit staffed with two paramedics. In fact, there are more than 145 certified paramedics with the Lewisville Fire Department, which means that whether a fire truck or an ambulance is sent to a scene for a medical emergency, the patient will receive the same level of care.
The EMS Division is actively involved in many community outreach programs and can regularly be seen providing blood pressure checks at the Senior Center or discussing first aid with a Girl Scout Troop. If you see Lewisville Fire Department members out and about, please stop and say hello. We enjoy meeting the community in which we serve.
If you have any questions regarding the EMS Division or Ambulance Billing, contact Division Chief Michael Spinuzzi.