Ambulance transportation is broken down into a few categories, emergency and non-emergency medical transportation. Each of these categories is further broken down into levels of service; Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS). ALS has sub categories that include Paramedic Intercept and Critical Care Transport.
When you dial 911 and call for emergency help, an ambulance comes and picks you up. The level of service arriving is dependent on several determinants that are derived from Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) protocols.
Non-emergency medical transportation, as its name suggests, offers medical transportation in non-emergency situations. In most cases, this form of transportation is planned for and booked in advance. On the other hand, the need for an ambulance is almost always unplanned.
BLS – Basic Life Support
ALS – Advanced Life Support
Our Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance authorities are issued and inspected by the Connecticut Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services. Our ALS ambulances are staffed with a minimum of one Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and one Paramedic.
Paramedics are licensed healthcare professionals in pre-hospital care and their capabilities include, but are not limited to: advanced airway management, cardiac monitoring and defibrillation, IV administration, and administration of select life-saving medications.
Critical Care Transport
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DIAL 911
Association of Connecticut Ambulance Providers
American Ambulance Association