Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue responds to emergency medical calls for service with a staff of Colorado State-Certified First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics. Career staffing allows for at least two personnel to respond to any emergency; however, volunteer firefighters/EMS providers frequently assist by increasing both the number of personnel and the number of apparatus that may respond to a call.
When a medical emergency is called in to 911, Bennett-Watkins Fire responds with an ambulance, at a minimum. An Engine may respond as well if staffing allows. This allows more people to respond to a call initially, rather than calling for additional help later on. Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue hired its first Paramedic in 1992 to provide EMS care to its citizens. Since then the District has been committed to providing the best care possible to the area. The ambulances provided are Advanced Life Support capable and are equipped with state of the art equipment in order to provide the most advanced life saving techniques and procedures available to the area.
The EMS Division is currently supervised by Assistant Chief Timothy McCawley. To contact Assistant Chief McCawley, please call our Administrative Office at (303) 644-3572. Assistant Chief McCawley works with the I-70 Physician Advisors from The Medical Center of Aurora to make sure that BWFR is using the most cutting edge equipment and techniques to assist in saving lives in the area. Firefighter/Paramedic Melanie Porter also assists Assistant Chief McCawley in coordinating the EMS Division by providing initial EMR training, continuing education for providers, and maintaining the readiness state of all units responding to calls in the district.