How is purchasing handled?

All major items go out to bid. Medical supplies are purchased from providers that offer best prices and discounts. Smaller items are purchased locally.

What is your relationship with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue?

We have a close working relationship with Hillsborough County. We rely on their Advanced Life Support (ALS) units to back us up in life-threatening emergencies. In turn, they depend on us to respond with them on most calls. If the patient is stable, the squad will transport, freeing the ALS unit to respond to more serious cases. A patient is charged only if HCFR transports the patient.

What is a Key Locator record?

The Key Locator holds the name, address and telephone number of someone who lives near you in greater Sun City Center and who has a key for your door in case of emergencies. This allows the Squad to quickly get in when you are sick and cannot get to the door. State law does not allow us to break into a house without a sheriff present and that could add a long wait in getting you help. Over 5000 residents use this service and it has saved many lives.

What is a Vial of Life?

The vial is a pill-type container, holding a piece of paper listing of medical, insurance and medication information for each member of the household. The Vial of Life is typically placed in the refrigerator for easy access by emergency responders, insuring quick access to critical medical information. The vials and forms are provided free of charge by CVS Pharmacy.

How do you handle vehicle maintenance?

Most of the Squad vehicles are under warranty. Minor repairs are handled in-house by the vehicle maintenance volunteer group, with routine maintenance handled at a local shop.

Who are instructors for Squad training and for community education?

CPR/AED classes are taught by Squad volunteers who are certified as instructors by the American Heart Association.
Emergency Medical Responder classes are taught by Squad instructors certified by the ECSI – the Emergency Care and Safety Institute. EMT classes are taught by instructors from Hillsborough Community College and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.