BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The St. George Fire Protection District is pleased and proud to announce that Justin Arnone, Chief of Medical Services, has been designated as the recipient of the prestigious National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians/Jones & Bartlett Learning National EMS Educator of the Year Award.
Chief Justin Arnone has served as the Chief of Medical Services of the St. George Fire Department since 2019. In his tenure at St. George, Justin has focused on building an Advanced Life Support system.
Whenever a 9-1-1 call is made that requires a medical response, within the St. George District, St. George Fire and East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services are simultaneously dispatched. Due to the larger number of fire resources and their geographic location throughout the District, the SGFD is frequently first on a medical scene. They perform basic life support and work with EBR EMS, which is the Advance Life Support and medical transport agency of the Parish.
In an effort to improve the level of medical care delivered to its Citizens, the St. George Fire Department has embarked on a program to raise the level of certification of its first responders to Advanced EMT. This will allow firefighters to better assist EBREMS on scene, and if needed, during transport to the emergency room. Chief Arnone has developed and is conducting an Advanced EMT educational program. He also created a program through which approximately 15 St. George firefighters have attended Paramedic School.
Prior to coming to St. George, Justin served as the Assistant Training Director at East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Service. While there, he was instrumental in improving training and the quality of clinical care delivered to the community. Some of his work has been reviewed and adopted by other agencies throughout the state and nation.
Justin has taught Advanced EMT/Advanced Life Support classes that have elevated the level of care provided by his almost 150 graduates (members of St. George Fire and other local agencies). His efforts have resulted in over 10% of the members of the fire service in our Parish now being credentialed at the AEMT/ALS or paramedic level. This has improved medical outcomes throughout the Greater Baton Rouge area.
According to St. George Fire Chief, Gerard Tarleton, “Justin brought an awful lot to the table when he joined the St. George Fire Department. His passion for teaching and his leadership in the area of pre-hospital emergency medical care has been instrumental to St. George Fire’s ability to better serve the medical needs of our Citizens.”
Chief Justin Arnone is also a member of the Louisiana National Guard where he serves as the State’s primary instructor for combat medic training. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he earned commendation for providing emergency medical care under fire.