Port Washington Fire Department Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics have been providing pre-hospital care since 1949 to Port Washington and surrounding areas. Three department ambulances are available for the 24-7 responses. Members are reimbursed on an on-call basis based on level of training. The Port Washington Fire Department Emergency Medical Service provide three levels of pre-hospital emergency care. The EMT-Basic level requires the completion of a six month course (approximately 8 hours per week) through local technical colleges. The EMT-Intermediate Technician, requires an additional three month course with a 30 hour critical care clinical rotation. The EMT-Paramedic level requires an additional year of specialized training, and provides the highest available level of pre-hospital medicine. Mandatory refresher courses are offered every two years, in addition to monthly practices at the fire department.