In 1981 the citizens of the Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District received emergency medical services made up of a staff of dedicated volunteers. The volunteer emergency medical staff provided service at a separate location from the fire and rescue services, but was governed by the same trustees who oversaw both departments.
It was in June of 2000 that the individual services merged together under the Bristol Kendall Fire Department.
An Emergency Medical Services Division was established within the Bristol Kendall Fire Department responsible for providing advanced and comprehensive life support services to the citizens of the Bristol-Kendall Fire Protection District. The department currently has a staff of 30 paramedics and 29 emergency medical technicians under the medical direction of Dr. Steven Holtsford, Project Medical Director for the Southern Fox Valley Emergency Medical Services System.
The Bristol Kendall Fire Department provides both Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support services to a population of 25,000 residents. The service is provided with three Advanced Life Support Ambulances and two Advanced Life Support Capable Engine Companies operating out of three Fire Stations. In 2009 the department responded to 1609 requests for emergency medical service.