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Medical Command for the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of
EMS is provided by physicians from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine,
Department of Emergency Medicine. In Pittsburgh, Emergency Medicine residents/EMS
fellows from the Residency in
Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, provide medical direction for all
ALS calls in the city. Emergency Medicine faculty members from the Department of Emergency
Medicine also provide on line supervision and backup via radio.
To maintain a constant state of readiness, to provide
expeditious and appropriate advanced care
Medical Directors (MDOCs)
Ron Roth, M.D. serves as the Medical Director for the City of
Pittsburgh, Department of Public Safety. Paul Paris, M.D. is the Senior Medical
Consultant. The Medical Direction Committee includes:
David Hostler, Ph.D. coordinates EMS research.
Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS
Pittsburgh EMS is municipal third service. The Bureau consists of over 170 paramedics staffing approximately 14 ALS units, 2 rescue vehicles, 2 District Chief vehicles and a River rescue unit. The service responds to over 55,000 calls per year. For more information, please see the EMS web site at http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/ems/
First Responder Engine Companies from the Bureau of Fire respond on selected high priority calls. The Engines carry automatic defibrillators.
Requests for Public Safety assistance are received at the Emergency Operations Center (911 Center). EMS calls are prioritized using the Medical Priority Dispatch System. Telecommunications officers at the Emergency Operations Center provide pre-arrival instructions to callers.