About RRMFD Community Integrated Paramedicine:

Since January 2014, the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District has been offering Community Integrated Paramedicine services. RRMFD's program is called CHIPP- Community Healthcare Integrated Paramedicine Program. 

What is Community Integrated Paramedicine?

Community Integrated Paramedicine is a locally designed, community-based, collaborative model of care that leverages the skills of paramedics and EMS systems to address care gaps identified through a community-specific needs assessment.

CHIPP aims to:

· Improve health and quality of life of all program Participants  · Increase chronic disease knowledge · Improve medication management · Increase linkage to community resources · Perform home safety scans to prevent falls/other home hazards

CHIPP services are provided at no-cost to community members by a trained team of RRMFD Firefighter/Paramedics and EMTs. Services are provided in-home during a scheduled visit to prevent unnecessary 911 use.  

Additional support is provided by pharmacists at the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center and emergency physicians from Banner University Medical Center– Tucson.

CHIPP is not a replacement for regular care by a primary care provider or other medical specialist; the program is designed as a way to link community members to resources to maintain and improve health.    


Mobile Integrated Healthcare 360 Arizona was a great success thanks to the Vitalyst Health Foundation! See archived materials at: Vitalyst Health Foundation

CHIPP In the News: 

Mar 24, 2017: NFD looks to provide continued medical care with paramedicine program, by Paulina Pineda, Nogales International

Feb 7, 2017: Lending Shed provides essential medical equipment and supplies, by Arielle Zionts, Nogales International

Jan 31, 2017: Hospital recognized for innovation in emergency medical services, Nogales International

Jan 19, 2017: Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital Receives National Recognition, Arizona Center for Rural Health

Dec 9, 2016: Is Santa Cruz really the healthiest county in Arizona?, by Paulina Pineda, Nogales International  

Sept 16, 2016: Fair Connects Paramedical Teams with Area Healthcare Resources, Nogales


May 1, 2016: The Shift Toward Community Integrated Paramedicine, by Chief Les Caid, published in Firehouse

April 27, 2016: Arizona Border Community's Medical Program Cuts 911 Calls, by Lily Altavena, Cronkite News 

March 12, 2016: House Calls Reduce Emergency Responses in Rio Rico, by Monica Grimaldo, Tucson News Now

February 15, 2016: Resource Fair Aims to Improve Paramedicine Outreach, by Norma Gonzalez, Nogales International

February 2016: Fired Up: Community Paramedicine Models Blaze a Trail for Healthcare Delivery Reform, Policy Primer by Vitalyst Health Foundation (formerly St. Lukes Health Initiatives)

December 12, 2015: New Carbon Monoxide Detector Alerts Family to Danger, by Norma Gonzalez, Nogales International

September 22, 2015: Used Car Seats from Arizona Saving Lives in Mexico, by Bob Ortega, The Arizona Republic

May 27, 2015: Vision 20/20 Community Risk Reduction 2015, with contribution from Chief Les Caid

May 19, 2015: RRFD Earns $550k Grant for Healthcare Program, Nogales International

October 22, 2014: A Safe Ride Home Program Brings Used Child Safety Car Seats to Families Across Sonora, by Whitney McCarthy Woodworth, Downtown Devil

October 10, 2014: Conference Charts Course for Healthier County, by Murphy Woodhouse, Nogales International

May 2, 2014: Firefighters Deliver Access to Healthcare, by Curt Prendergast, Nogales International

May 15, 2013: Community Paramedicine to Support Community Wellness in Southern Arizona, by Matt Eckhoff and Chief Les Caid, University of Arizona College of Public Health PA’RRIBA Blog & Briefs

April 10, 2013: Southern Arizona Community Paramedicine Focus Group Summary, by Matt Eckhoff, UA College of Public Health