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Engine Company EMS: Can Motorcycle Paramedics Be Used Effectively in Western EMS?

By Benjamin J. Hunt During many emergencies, every second counts. Survivability can decline as the clock ticks away. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), "For every minute that passes between collapse and defibrillation, the chance of survival from a witnessed Ventricular Fibrillation sudden cardiac arrest declines by seven to ten percent per minute if no bystander CPR is provided" (ACLS Guide 2011, 54). This is just one reason why emergency vehicle response times are paramount for public safety. The continual struggle to improve response times and balance rising costs to provide these services affects emergency medical service (EMS) systems across the world. Many ...

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