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All Rescue Squads Become Paramedic in L.A. County

Issue 4 and Volume 128.

All Rescue Squads Become Paramedic in L.A. County Los Angeles County Fire Department, one of the pioneer and innovative fire agencies involved with paramedic rescue service, as of February 5 has all its 30 rescue squads converted to paramedics, Chief Richard Houts told Fire Engineering. “We have been committed to having all our rescue units paramedically equipped,” the chief said, “and the Board of Supervisors agreed. Although we had the personnel, we had some areas which lacked hospitals equipped for paramedic control. “The last area lacking paramedic rescue service was our Battalion 5, which takes in the Malibu, Calabassas, Agoura and Westlake areas of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Coast in the northwest county. Hospitals go paramedic “Late this year, the Santa Monica Hospital became a paramedic control center and our Squad 88 in Malibu went paramedic. Westlake Hospital became paramedic control early this year and our Squad…

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