Feeling Budget Crunch, MA Firefighters Make EMS Changes

Springfield (MA) firefighters are changing up their response to medical calls in an effort to save money.

Instead of responding to emergency medical service (EMS) calls in fire apparatus, they are using old Suburbans that were once used by the fire department's district chiefs, according to a WGGB report (http://bit.ly/ZJth2L).

The idea is that responding to calls in large engines means additional wear and tear on the trucks. It also means engines and ladder trucks will be in stations in case a fire breaks out.

Firefighter Dasan McGhee told an ABC40 reporter that the smaller vehicles also made it easier to navigate narrow city streets.

For more on the change, visit http://bit.ly/ZJth2L.

The Colerain (OH) Fire Department made a similar change in EMS response protocol a few months ago.


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