Emergency Medical Services

Provides 24 hour emergency paramedic ambulance response; treatment and transportation of ill and injured in Pasadena; planning and staffing of medical coverage for special events; and related activities. Emergency medical response is performed together with Fire Operations.


Rescue Ambulances or RA’s are dispatched through the 9-1-1 system and are staffed by Firefighter \ Paramedics who are licensed by the State of California and accredited by the Los Angeles County EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Authority. In the City of Pasadena, a 911 call for medical assistance receives a paramedic ambulance and a fire engine or truck, whichever is closest. This level of response provides a minimum of two paramedics and four firefighters to every call for service, which exceeds the minimum national standards for medical incidents. In addition to the four paramedic rescue ambulances, Pasadena Fire also provides four reserve ambulances available for immediate use, and has at least one paramedic assigned to every engine and truck company, commonly referred to as ”Assessment” units. Currently Pasadena Fire has eight Assessment engines and two Assessment truck companies strategically located throughout the city. This provides a third paramedic at the scene to assist with advanced life support. Assessment personnel can initiate advanced life support procedures prior to rescue ambulance arrival.

The County of Los Angeles regulates the ambulance industry and sets the mandated rates, which include a base rate, mileage and disposable medical supplies. For more information, call (626) 744-4655.

Emergency Medical Reserves Program

The Pasadena Fire Department is looking for volunteers that are currently certified as EMT-1A to apply to our Emergency Medical Reserves program. This program augments EMS service in that the “EMSR” rides as the third person to assist paramedics in the field, and at special events such as the Rose Bowl games and Rose Parade. If you are interested in the valuable program please email info@emsr.org

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HIPAA Privacy Officer Designation

The following individual is responsible for all aspects of the Pasadena Fire Department’s (PFD) HIPAA Compliance and should be contacted whenever an issue arises involving the privacy or security of Protected Health Information (PHI) created, received, transmitted and maintained by PFD.  This person is the primary point of contact regarding all HIPAA- related inquiries or complaints, and all parties requesting PHI or with questions regarding the use of disclosure of PHI of PFD should be referred to this individual.  All known and suspected breaches of unsecured PHI shall be reported to this individual, as well as any known or suspected violations of PFD’s HIPAA policies and procedures:

EMS Battalion Chief Daniel Nausha
215 N. Marengo Avenue, Suite 195
Pasadena, CA 91101

Additional Links

State of California EMS Authority
EMS Week
Notice of Privacy Practices