A recent news report discusses the problems some Minnesota fire agencies who provide EMS are dealing with in recent times.
The report from the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1cwJ8Xy) focused mainly on the city of Edina, whose fire department provides emergency medical service to its citizens like several other metro areas in state, including St. Paul and Burnsville. A local official characterized the service as "something that our residents have grown to appreciate and expect," but it's not without its problems.
Although more people are calling for service than ever, each year cities collect a smaller percentage of what they bill for ambulance runs. Some Minnesota cities have instead turned to outside EMS providers rather than rely on the fire service. In communities where ambulance service is part of fire department duties, the cost of emergency services is embedded in the overall fire department budget.
Read further details about the situation in Minnesota at http://strib.mn/1cwJ8Xy.
For more on fire-based EMS, consider Fire Service-Based EMS : The Right Response, Fire -Based EMS : The Solution for an Ailing System?, and Developing a Fire -Based EMS System: One Departmentâs Strategic Plan.