The Victoria Fire Department has updated its emergency transport policy

The new policy is to emphasize on-scene care and reduce the need for lights and sirens

VICTORIA, Texas – Recently, the Victoria Fire Department updated its emergency transport protocols to emphasize on-scene care and reduce the need for lights and sirens during transport.

The on-scene crew will evaluate patient’s conditions to determine whether having lights and sirens are necessary.

Similar policies have been implemented by EMS providers throughout the nation and have been shown to improve patient safety.

We spoke with EMS battalion chief, Tim Hunter, and Victoria’s Fire Chief, Robert Fox on the new policy.

“We just tried to find the right time, the right way to implement the policy, as we said, the advance treatment that is available now we are able to do have pushed us to be able to implement this policy,” says Chief Hunter

“Another message to get out to is that we’re not saying we never transport lights and sirens. we still will, there are certain cases where the risk is worth it. that one minute will truly make a difference” says Chief Fox.

The point of emphasis with the new policy is to ensure the patient’s safety from the scene to the hospital while providing care advance treatments in the back of the ambulance