Over the years UIFR has been a basic life support (BLS) provider to the island community. BLS provides a general level of diagnoses and treatment with the ability to assist with some medical emergencies, trauma injuries and medication administration per Lee County Protocol.
A new agreement and partnership was established as of August 2022 with Lee County EMS. Our agreement approves UIFR to provide advanced life support (ALS) for medical emergencies!
Prior to the implementation of ALS service and care, the addition of certified FF/PM's will be addressed. Currently all part-time staff are FF/EMT's with the exception of the Fire Chief who is a Certified Florida Paramedic(PM).
Regardless of the level of care provided, we strive to ensure the patient always receives the proper support. Our intervention is imperative in determining care and transport. Transport is done by boat or helicopter. That determination is based on a multitude of factors, weather, severity of illness or injury. Transport and supportive care is facilitated through our partnerships with UIC boat captains, Lee County EMS, Lee Flight, Upper Captiva and Matlacha/Pine Island.