FAQ’s

Why does a fire engine show up when I call for a medical emergency?

Many times a fire engine will arrive when an ambulance is called because it is the closest emergency vehicle to the scene. All people on the fire engine are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or paramedics; therefore, they can provide whatever aid is necessary until an ambulance arrives. Many times the nature of the emergency will require additional personnel.

When I have a medical emergency, why do so many people come?

The number of personnel depends on what units are sent to the emergency. The information given to the 911 dispatcher will often times determine the number of units sent to an emergency. Depending on the severity of the call, more EMT's and Paramedics are needed to provide expedited efficient care to the sick or injured.

Will I get billed for an ambulance?

The answer is yes and no. If you call for an ambulance, but do not require treatment or transportation to a hospital, then you will not get billed. If, on the other hand, you require treatment and/or transportation to a hospital, then you will get billed. The cost varies depending on the type of treatment given while in the ambulance and the distance to the hospital.

Will my insurance pay for an ambulance ride to the hospital?

The fire department does not know what insurance companies will pay for. Life and death situations are paid for by insurance, routine doctor visits may not be paid for, only your insurance company can define your benefits.

My doctor wants me to have my blood pressure checked on a regular basis. Do I have to pay to have my blood pressure checked at the local fire station?

There is no charge for routine blood pressure checks. The fire department will take your blood pressure at the station if you stop by. Blood pressures are taken when the fire/EMS units are in the station and not responding to calls. The fire department may not always have someone in the station depending on call volume. However, blood pressure emergencies should be treated as an emergency and call 911.

How can I obtain a copy of an incident report?

There are two different incident reports that are available: one is a fire report; the other, a rescue report. A fire report can be picked up at the Orange Park Fire Department, 2025 Smith Street, Orange Park, Fl. 32073. The information you must provide are the date and address of the fire, along with a $3 fee. A rescue report can be obtained by calling 1-877-252-9362.

How do I schedule a fire related educational program?

The Orange Park Fire Department has a public education/Fire Prevention Bureau office that will take requests for fire related programs. The Public Education/Fire Prevention Bureau office will schedule fire station tours or speak to different groups, ranging from the elderly to scouts to schools and businesses, regarding fire and life safety. Please call (904) 278-2083 to schedule your program. This office is open Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm. A seven-day advanced notice is required in order to accommodate your needs.

Does the Orange Park Fire Department teach CPR or First Aid?

In the past the Fire Department taught CPR to many citizen groups, but unfortunately this program is no longer available. However, the American Red Cross continues to provide training and certification classes in both First Aid and CPR. Call the Northeast Florida Chapter at (904) 358-8091 Ext. 1818, or visit their Web site at http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/cpr-first-aid to register or for information on other health and safety classes.

How do I become a firefighter or EMT?

Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training may be obtained at any State of Florida Certified Training Center.  For a list of training centers and contact information click here

What kind of shifts do firefighters work, and is it hard to adjust to being away from your family?

Orange Park Fire Department is a 24 hour a day operation. This means that all firefighters work a 24 hour shift. The y work 24 hours on duty and are off for 48 hours. This schedule runs 365 days a year with out changing. Your firefighters are away from their families' 2/3rds of their time. They miss many birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and special events with their families'. It does take some time for all members to adjust to this type of schedule, but it is more difficult to their family

Who are the firefighters, and who are the EMTs or Paramedics? Do they do the same job?

The Orange Park Fire Department is only staffed with firefighter EMTs or firefighter paramedics. The firefighter/EMTs are basic life support personnel, but provide an important to the EMS function of the department. The patch on their shoulder will identify them from the paramedics. Firefighter paramedics provide Advance Life Support to patients that have medical emergencies. These men and women can administer drugs, shock a heart back into a life sustainable rhythm and is in charge of a patients overall care. All Orange Park Fire Department personnel fight fires besides doing the medical functions.

Already a Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic?

You must still be certified in the state of Florida to be eligible for employment with the Orange Park Fire Department. You may contact the following organizations for information on challenging the state exams: Firefighter: Florida State Fire College 11655 NW Gainesville Road Ocala, Florida 34482-1486 (352) 369-2800 EMT/Paramedic: Florida Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C18 Tallahassee, Florida 32311-1738 (850) 245-4440

What are the requirements to become a firefighter with the Orange Park Fire Department?

There are a number of different requirements to become a firefighter with the Orange Park Fire Department. For a complete list, along with other important employment information, please refer to our Employment Information Page.