In 1973, the Broken Arrow Fire Department (BAFD) adopted the emergency medical services program for the citizens of Broken Arrow. Since that time, thousands of lives have been saved by the dedication and compassion the Broken Arrow firefighters have for their community.
In 1999, BAFD became the first fire department in the state of Oklahoma to offer advanced life support (ALS) treatment to the sick and injured. With this advancement, a firefighter/paramedic will respond to every medical call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Since 2011, our six ALS first response ambulances, supplied with the latest and most technologically advanced equipment, responded to more than 6,700 medical calls.
Nearly half of the BAFD members are certified paramedics, affirming that the BAFD is committed to the safety and lifesaving treatments for our community. Combining this treatment with a rapid 3-4 minute response time, the citizens we serve will receive the most efficient and progressive pre-hospital medical treatment in the state.
The Broken Arrow Fire Department manages one of the few municipally-operated EMS in Oklahoma and is responsible for six EMS units that serve more than 104,000 people in a 105 square mile area. Last year, 77 percent of the Fire Department’s calls were EMS related.
In 2013, the Fire Department reported a total of 18,314 apparatus responses. Fire had 7,897 responses and EMS had 9,570 responses. The remaining responses were made by brush trucks, Battalion Chiefs and Fire Prevention personnel.
Through nine months in 2014, the Fire Department reported a total of 14,702 apparatus responses. Fire had 6,423 responses and EMS had 7,431.