The Star of Life was created in 1973. It was adapted from the Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association. The logo was trademarked on February 1, 1977 with the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks in the name of the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration. The logo was "given" to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for use as the emergency medical technicians (EMT) logo after the trademark expired in 1997. While no agency is tasked solely with enforcing its use as a mark of certification, the Star of Life has traditionally been used as a means of identification for medical personnel, equipment, and vehicles. Many ambulance services mark the symbol on their vehicles, and ambulance crews often wear the design as part of their uniform.
The Lathrop Manteca Fire District has a long standing tradition of servicing calls for emergency medical service. Currently the fire district provides emergency medical response at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level at all four fire stations. Firefighters receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training, and often times have worked for local ambulance providers either before or early in their careers. We provide the community with these services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride our service delivery on good bedside manners, with care, skill, and compassion just like our mission statement says.
Historically, the fire district has provided leading service levels as funding has allowed. In the mid 1970's, the fire district began responding to medical calls where CPR measures were delivered to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The late 1970's brought a donation by the Soroptimist Club of Manteca for the purchase of hydraulic rescue tools known as the "Jaws of Life." We are still grateful for their early donation, and the part the Soroptimist Organization of Manteca played in saving the lives of early automobile accident victims. The 1990's presented opportunities for the fire district with the early adoption of Semi Automatic External Defibrillation. This enhancement in emergency medical services allowed the fire district to deliver life saving measures to help increase the possibility of survival rates again in those victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Recently in 2016, the fire district served as a technical resource for staff in the City of Lathrop and assisted in the placement of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's). These life saving devices are available for the public at strategic locations throughout the City of Lathrop.
The Star of Life: What does it mean?
Emergency Medical Services
The LMFD was selected to be the first agency to roll out new protocols for San Joaquin County's expanded EMT scope! These new protocols will allow the LMFD to again enhance it's level of care in line with our mission. We will soon carry the ability to treat those of overdose and anaphylaxis shock with potential life saving drugs. Our Fire Chief G. Neely has went on record declaring our direction is to eventually serve our citizens with Advanced Life Support services. Thank you to the Manteca Bulletin, Editor Dennis Wyatt, and Reporter Jason Campbell for sharing our story. Click here to read the article.