Emergency services include fire suppression, emergency medical care and technical rescues (special operations group or SOG) such as trench, confined space, swift water, breaking and breaching heavy objects, building collapse and more. The Johnson County Emergency Communications Center provides fire and medical dispatch services throughout our county.
In addition, our hazardous materials team mitigates situations involving chemical leaks, releases or spills. The explosive ordnance disposal team, or bomb squad, renders safe anything explosive or potentially explosive.
Every Olathe firefighter is an emergency medical technician or paramedic. This means we can help anyone who is ill or injured by providing basic and advanced life support services. The paramedic level service, or advanced life support, is like bringing the emergency department to your home when you have a critical medical emergency. We work closely with Johnson County Med-Act to provide timely, emergency medical care in your time of need.
The fire department's role in emergency medicine became popular in 1972 when we watched Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto serve Los Angeles County, with the help of people like Nurse Dixie, in the television hit series, "Emergency."