Building a Low-Cost Network of Advanced Life Support Services

It is 0430 hours on Monday, December 4, 2006, and Firefighter/paramedic Craig Stewart of the Erlanger (KY) Fire/EMS Department has spent the night responding to ambulance calls, monitoring heart rhythms, starting IVs, and pushing medicines. On this call, however, instead of reaching in the back of his Ford Explorer and pulling out his heart monitor and medic bag, Stewart grabs his turnout gear and portable radio. He is the first person to arrive at a working structure fire as an automatic-aid unit for a neighboring department. Providing supplemental ALS service to surrounding communities has not detracted from Erlander (KY) Fire/EMS Department’s responding to calls within its own c...

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