The Community Paramedic Program
The Community Paramedic program of the Bellingham Fire Department was established in 2014. The purpose of the program is to help connect frequent utilizers of 9-1-1 services for non-emergent medical needs to more appropriate services. The benefit of the program is two-fold; citizens are connected to medical and social services that better meet their needs and it creates capacity for the Fire Department to more quickly respond to true emergencies.
The Community Paramedic program most frequently serves citizens dealing with complex medical issues including substance abuse, mental illness and complications related to aging, disability, fall-risk and homelessness by assessing their needs and coordinating their care with appropriate community resources.