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Welcome to Great Falls Emergency Medical Services Website



Advanced Life Support:
GFES provides ALS service for all 9-1-1 calls from the citizens of Great Falls and Cascade County. Advanced Life Support service means that there is at least one paramedic onboard the ambulance who has advanced training in cardiac monitoring and defibrillation, IV therapy, and the administration of drugs.


Basic Life Support:
For long distance transports requiring minimal medical supervision and for routine medical transportation from hospitals, physician's offices, diagnostic centers and nursing or convalescent homes, GFES also provides BLS service.

GFESCritical Care Transport:
Great Falls Emergency Service provides Paramedic Critical Care Transport to preserve patients' continuity of sophisticated intensive care and cardiac care when bad weather precludes a medical helicopter from flying or when increased call volume necessitates ground transportation. GFES also works very closely with Mercy Flight in providing Neonatal Transports and hospital based CCT team transports.


Special Event Medical Standbys:

Great Falls Emergency Services special event medical standby teams receive specific training to address the emergency medical needs of spectators and event participants alike during events in Great Falls or Cascade County including:

Sporting Events
Motors Sports



 GFES makes a concerted effort to remain on the cutting edge of mobile medical technology. Some of the state-of-art products and procedures employed by Great Falls Emergency Services are:


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP):
GFES has purchased and fully implemented Continuous Positive Airway Pressure devices for its ambulance professionals as an approved method of supporting respiratory ventilation for patients with respiratory failure. CPAP is also useful in preventing the need for endotracheal intubation and allows for earlier extubation for chronic sufferers of respiratory illness.

ST-Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Treatment:
STEMI is a rapid primary coronary intervention protocol to restore blood flow in a blocked coronary. Paramedics can diagnose STEMI heart attacks quickly and can trigger the activation of an entire system, which allows patients to enter a virtual express lane to the heart catheterization lab team at the nearest STEMI hospital.

gfes Intra-Osseous Infusion System (EZ- IO):
The EZ-IO offers a safe controlled vascular access for intra-venous medications during emergencies when typical access is challenging or impossible. This route of fluid and medication administration is an alternative one to the preferred IV route, especially during pediatric emergencies.

12-lead12-Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG):
All GFES ALS ambulances are equipped with a 12-lead EKG device that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat and can help medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred.

code kellyMegaCode Kelly:
to enhance training, GFES has invested in a full-body, lifelike manikin designed for the practice of advanced, difficult and obstructed airway scenarios and IV therapy. MegaCode Kelly allows cardiac defibrillation, measurement of non-invasive blood pressure, and the recognition of heart, breath and abnormal sounds.



GFES offers various education opportunities as listed below.

TRAINING CLASSES (No classes currently scheduled):

Spinal Immobilization Clinic - GFES runsFirst Aid and CPR Classes in order to promote community First Aid and CPR Education. The class is most typically taught to lifeguards as part of Natatorium's Lifeguard Course.

EMS (Paramedic) Internships - We provide internships for students in paramedic training. These internships enable them to gain real EMS experience through our ride along programs and additional counseling.
In the past, we have hosted interns from Montana State University, Brigham Young University, University of Idaho and University of Montana.

Cascade County Quick Response Unit Program - Occasionally, Great Falls Emergency Services assists Quick Response Units in the Cascade County area by providing training and offering ride along programs in order to further their experience.



The following is a list of Community Involvement activities undertaken by GFES:

Fire Stand-bys As requested, GFES responds with an ALS ambulance to stand by structure fires until the ambulance crew is released by the incident commander. GFES' objective is to be available to assist injured patients or firefighters and to assist in the rehab process for city or county fire fighters at the fire scene. GFES does this at no cost.

Hazardous Materials Incident Stand-by As requested, GFES responds with an ALS ambulance to stand by at hazardous materials incidents until the ambulance crew is released by the incident commander. GFES' objective is to be available to assist the injured and to rehab city or county fire fighters should they become exhausted. GFES does this at no cost.

Disaster Drill Training
GFES works closely with all city and county agencies including the Malmstrom Air Force base personnel in preparation for a disaster occurring in Cascade County. When preparing for a manmade or natural disaster, GFES donates all ambulances and personnel to perform these important mock drills.

Fire Department Re-Supply Services- GFES restocks all disposable supplies used by the fire departments for emergency medical patients. GFES also pays for the oxygen used by the Great Falls City Fire Department during an emergency response.

Disaster Trailer (1 of 7 in the State) The State of Montana trusts GFES to be the custodian for one of seven disaster trailers placed throughout the State. The majority of these trailers were given to ambulance providers since they have no issues in crossing geo-political boundaries outside a contracted response area.

National Disaster Response Services- In 2005, it was Great Falls Emergency Services and its sister company Missoula Emergency Services, Inc. (MESI) that responded to the Hurricane Rita national disaster in Texas. When the Montana based ambulances arrived in Texas, it was evident that FEMA was not organized and that the EMS providers did not have the most essential of supplies. MESI'S general manager, Don Whalen responded by gathering supplies and driving them to Texas. One of the companies' owners David Kuhn generated more than $60,000 in donations from Melaleuca, Inc. for supplies which were immediately delivered to waiting EMS responders in Texas and Louisiana.

EMS Career Awareness - Great Falls EMS helps local high school students learn about Emergency Medical Services. We often visit local high school classrooms to run 'Show and Tell' demonstrations with our own ambulances, discuss career opportunities in the field, answer questions and provide feedback to encourage participation from local youth. In the past, we have visited Great Falls High School and Alternative High Schools.

Nursing Homes - Great Falls EMS workers ensure that caretakers of Nursing Homes and Day Care Centers are able to provide assistance as necessary in the unfortunate event of an emergency. Our trained paramedics visit these centers to perform demonstrations on first aid, patient care, and discuss potential occurring emergencies and appropriate response procedures. By doing so, we ensure that caretakers are up to date on emergency issues and that those who rely on them receive the utmost reliable care.

Ride Along Opportunities - GFES provides ride-along opportunities for City firefighters, county EMS Responders, hospital personnel and EMS students during EMT or paramedic training. Great Falls EMS also encourages high school job shadows and provide community members ride-along experiences upon request. This service is provided at no cost

Public Service Announcements -GFES has welcomed the opportunity to help educate the community through radio and T.V. commercials regarding injury and illness prevention, specifically; pull to the right for emergency vehicles, fall prevention, proper access of 911 services, firearm safety, Halloween safety, etc.


Show and Tell Great Falls Emergency Services provides Show and Tell demonstrations for local youth groups upon request and at no cost. GFES EMTs allow the class participants a chance to view and touch the ambulance and emergency medical supplies while reinforcing what steps the students should take during an actual medical emergency. This event is often requested by the following entities:

Great Falls Public Schools
Day Care Centers
Parents' groups

Drinking and Driving Prevention EducationGFES is a member of the Great Falls DUI Task Force. In conjunction with other public safety agencies and health care facilities, GFES conducts a mock DUI vehicle crash to illustrate the consequences of drinking and driving. The media is invited so that the Task Force safety message is broadcast throughout the State. GFES participates and/or leads these events at no cost.

Donating Ambulances GFES, whenever possible, will do what we can to assist and promote ambulance coverage throughout Great Falls and surrounding counties. GFES donated ambulances to the Neighborhood Watch Program, Montana State University - COT program and for Brigham Young University when they expressed a need for an ambulance.

Blood Pressure Clinics Upon request, and on an ongoing monthly basis, GFES professionals provide blood pressure check-ups for senior citizens residing in local nursing homes. GFES provides this service at no cost.

Code Blue Billing- Whenever an infant dies in the community, GFES does not bill the parents for the emergency response.

Special Services for Children   GFES responds with an ALS ambulance to stand by at all hazardous materials incidents until the ambulance crew is released by the incident commander. Sometimes this includes removing children to a safer environment while calming any fears these children may be experiencing. Every child transported in a. GFES ambulance receives a stuffed animal toy. GFES provides all these special services at no cost.

Cancelled Calls/ Treatment with No Transport  After summoning a crew and sending them on their way to an emergency scene, almost 33% of GFES' responses are canceled by first responders and/or after arriving at the scene a transport does not occur after GFES' initial patient assessment and treatment at the emergency scene. GFES does not bill for these calls.

Indigent Response and Transport At the City's police officers' requests, GFES transports approximately five hundred (500) indigents who are intoxicated and/or suffering from exposure to area hospitals and do not have the ability to pay for the transport. These victims are unable and/or unwilling to pay for ambulance services.

Community Stand-bys GFES provides medical stand-by services for community and charitable causes without charge or for a below cost fee.

The following is a list of events in which we have participated in the past:

Special Olympics
Relay for Life
Ice Breaker Run
Boy Scouts of America
Polar Bear Plunge
Safety first Rally, Beautiful Minds Walk, Vets for Vets
Visiting Presidents
MAFB Air Shows
Tournament of Champions
Fish/wildlife and Parks 10K Race/Conference
Shriners' East/West Football Game
UFC Fight Nights
All Four Seasons Arena Concerts and Events
Electric City Speedway Care Races
Bobcat Booster Club Football Games
Horse Racing
J & S High School Rodeos
Montana Lineman Competitions
Dusty Gilko Bull Riding Challenge
Montana Pro Rodeo
Extreme Snowmobile Races
Electric City Dirt Riders Motorcross Racing
Halter Motor Sports

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