Leadership

Paramedic Service Started

Issue 11 and Volume 126.

Paramedic Service Started Survey leads to placing four units in service in Long Beach, Calif.; program activated to meet public need without hiring additional men CLIFF DEKTAR Staff Correspondent Long Beach Fire Department photo In an unusual operation, the Long Beach, Calif., Fire Department has placed four new paramedic rescue units in service. Long Beach Fire Chief Tullio J. Rizzo said that the four units give complete coverage to the southern Los Angeles County metropolis of 370,000 people. “We are proud to have researched the needs for such service and then, with the help of hospitals and community and city officials, designed our service to fit those needs,” the chief said. Rizzo pointed out that when Los Angeles County pioneered paramedic service and California laws were enacted legalizing such service, he and his staff decided they would research such service for Long Beach. “We started with the Long Beach Safety…

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