In 1974, four firefighters became the first OLFD paramedic students. These men attended paramedic training at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey, Illinois. There were originally fifteen paramedics from the program’s inception. At that time the training was conducted through programs at Ingalls and Loyola Hospitals.
On December 9th, 1976, the OLFD began providing paramedic service. On that first day, paramedics were dispatched to an adult male with no heartbeat. Advanced Life Support services were administered, returning a heartbeat and breathing to the patient. The program had its first save on the first day of service.
Today under the direction of the EMS Bureau Chief and Advocate Christ Medical Center, the Oak Lawn Fire Department’s highly trained Paramedics respond to over 7000 Emergency calls for service each year. Paramedics staff three (3) Advanced Life Support Ambulances and are housed at each of the three fire stations.
Original Paramedic Unit
Current Style Paramedic Unit