Fire/EMS Training Tips

01/01/2009
BY BARRY S. DASKALEffective in-service EMS training is one very critical yet overlooked element in fire service-based EMS organizations. In many departments, EMS is considered a by-product or backburner service to fire suppression. With lower staffing levels, more calls for service, and administrators’ demands to do more with less, time for drilling and training is greatly reduced. EMS is often the first area to be sacrificed despite representing a disproportionately higher percentage of responses. In the volunteer environment, this is further exacerbated by time spent attempting to maintain necessary firefighting qualifications and Occupational Safety and Health Administration mand...

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