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California uses mutual aid system to put paramedics in understaffed hospitals

California's Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System will now be used to assist with the state’s response to Covid-19.

Posted: Jan 3, 2021 1:56 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2021 9:29 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California’s Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, most often used in response to wildfires, floods, and other natural emergencies, is now assisting in the state’s response to Covid-19.

Firefighter Paramedics and EMT’s are being deployed for a 14-day operational period to assist emergency rooms and other vital medical areas in some of the most impacted hospitals in California. These highly trained firefighters have been requested through the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, coordinated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

Since the program began on December 30, 2020, 16 Firefighter Paramedics and 6 Firefighter EMT’s have been deployed to California hospitals. They include:

Region 1 – UC Irvine Medical Center
8 paramedics pending

Region 2 – Petaluma Valley Hospital
3 paramedics from Solano County
6 EMT’s from Sonoma County

Region 5 – Kern Adventist Health
6 paramedics from Santa Clara County
2 paramedics from Contra Costa County
2 paramedics from Fresno County

Region 6 – Barstow Community Hospital
3 paramedics from Riverside County

Cal OES is continuing to deploy more firefighters across the state in response to the Covid-19 hospital surge, as needed.

The Cal OES Operations (Ops) Section under the Fire and Rescue Division coordinates The California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System. This coordinated response through the Mutual Aid System includes assistance during major fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, hazardous materials, and other disasters.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
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