Fire EMS: MN Fire Department-Based EMS Deals with Changing Times

01/06/2014
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 ins...

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