The emergency medical services in our department consist of two advanced life support ambulances. These ambulances are equipped with all up to date monitors and assorted equipment need to care for an emergency we are faced with. You can read more about the equipment in the apparatus section. The personnel on our department are primarily trained to the EMT-B level. We do have two paramedic specialists and one EMT intermediate. This allows us to have an advanced service when personnel are available.
There are several levels of EMS certification that can be held by our members or new people coming onto the department. Our department pays for all EMS training after one year of membership is completed.
Levels of Certification
All recertification is done either in house at our fire station or by attending classes and conferences offer throughout the year at various venues.
Fire suppression in our department is accomplished using two pumpers, two tankers, and a grass rig. All personnel are trained in the use of fire suppression equipment such as hose / nozzles, ladders, exhaust / positive pressure fans, and various hand tools. Due to the rural nature of the majority of our response territory we also train on tanker shuttle and rural water supply along with the use of fire hydrants. Personnel are trained in house by our own firefighters along with formal training done by the fire service training bureau. There are many levels of fire certification the most basic of which is fire-fighter I. From there you can be certified in FF-II, driver / operator, fire inspector, and fire officer just to name a few. Our department requires CPR / first-aid and haz-mat operations level of its basic firefighters within the first year of membership.
Another part of being a firefighter at Dike Fire Rescue is vehicle extrication. This is accomplished with a wide array of rescue and extrication tools including the Jaws of Life, rescue airbags, and many small hand tools. All personnel are trained in the use of these tools.
Water rescue is done with the use of our 18 foot jon boat and a 25 hp outboard engine. Dike Fire Rescue is responsible for all water rescue and calls for service on Grundy Lake located on the south edge of Dike. We also have two dry suits and various ropes used for cold water rescue.
Weather spotting is another duty that Dike Fire takes on. We go out and storm spot when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued along with a tornado watch. If a tornado is spotted the citizens of Dike can be alerted via two warning sirens, one located behind the fire station and the second located just south of the Fox Ridge Country Club. These sirens are activated by either personnel at the fire station or thru a paging system at the Grundy Co. Law Enforcement Center.