The Stamford Emergency Medical Services’ Paramedics are part of Darien’s Emergency Medical Triad. When a patient needs Advanced Life Support a Stamford paramedic is immediately dispatched by Post 53 personnel. The following are the criteria mandated by the Southwest EMS Council, in which a Paramedic will be called to assist the Post 53 crew:

  1. Cardiac Arrest
  2. Unconsciousness
  3. Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of Breath
  4. Trauma Patients involving extensive extrication
  5. Chest Pain
  6. Diabetic emergency
  7. Seizure
  8. Syncope (Fainting)
  9. Any situation determined by Darien EMS

Stamford Emergency Paramedics provide the highest level of pre-hospital care available in the State of Connecticut. Paramedics are certified by the State to administer life saving medications, advanced airway techniques and cardiac life support. A Stamford Emergency Paramedic must complete 1200 hours of classroom training, usually over a two year period, in addition to hundreds of hours of hospital rotations.

Darien EMS does not charge citizens for their services. However, Stamford Emergency Medical Services is not a volunteer agency and must charge patients for their services. As Darien EMS is the transporting ambulance (with the paramedic onboard) we are responsible for collecting the fee for the paramedic. Stamford Emergency Medical Service receives all of these fees (Post 53 receive none of the charges). Insurance companies, HMO’s and Medicare require that the name of the transporting ambulance be on the bill (Post 53 when in Darien). This money collected by Post 53 is given entirely to Stamford Emergency Medical Services.