Emergency Medical Services

The Arlington Fire District currently provides paramedic level Emergency Medical Services to our community within the Town of Poughkeepsie. We are certified by the NYS Department of Health as an Advanced Life Support First Response agency and our NYS certified EMT and Paramedic providers respond to emergencies from each of our stations, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

We are able to provide such services through a blend of career and volunteer staff that efficiently handle the basic and advanced care needs of our community. Our personnel respond to an increasing number of alarms each year, while resourcefully and economically managing the mix of Fire and EMS services necessary to meet the complexity of today’s emergencies.

Effective January 1, 2017, the District contracted with Mobile Life Support Services, Inc., a NYS Certified paramedic level commercial ambulance service provider, to manage the transportation of patients to our local hospitals - Vassar Brothers Medical Center or Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. This change, enacted by the Board of Fire Commissioners, enables the District to expand its career firefighting nd paramedic coverage to its four stations 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, thus more efficiently and effectively serving the entire population. As such, patients can expect to receive a charge for services rendered in an amount that is usual and customary for the provider. These services may be covered by health insurance plans. This model is similar to those utilized throughout our neighboring communities.

Career and volunteer members of the Arlington Fire District will continue providing immediate response to emergency calls and delivering high quality basic and paramedic level care to the community

Additionally, District personnel are involved in community outreach programs that promote prevention, public health, safety, education, and development; and with local, county, and regional committees and organizations integrating an interdependent public safety net of the future.


File of Life

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The “File of Life®” provides a way to give first responders necessary information during a medical emergency, especially when those in need of help cannot provide such information themselves. The “File of Life®” is a miniature medical history that is kept in a red plastic sleeve with a magnetic strip. Individuals complete the history card and place it the sleeve, then place the magnetic sleeve on the outside of the refrigerator in a visible place. The “File of Life®” details a person’s name, current and past medical history, medications, allergies, doctor’s name and phone number and emergency medical contacts. The sleeves can be replaced when information changes or needs to be updated. The Arlington Fire District provides the “File of Life®” for the safety of the community.

If you are interested in receiving one, please contact us by phone (845) 486-6307, email or by clicking this link (.pdf).