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Intensive Care Units Manned by Civilian Paramedics in L.A. City F.D.

Issue 11 and Volume 129.

Intensive Care Units Manned by Civilian Paramedics in L.A. City F.D. features Next February 1 is expected to be a milestone in the rescue and emergency medical services provided by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. On that date, it is planned for all of L.A. City’s 39 mobile intensive care rescue ambulances to be manned by paramedics. “We then will be operating what we believe to be the largest fleet of mobile intensive care ambulance units in the United States,” said Sumner V. Blaha, battalion chief in charge of special operations. Non-fire personnel used The units, Blaha pointed out, will be manned by uniformed non-fire personnel, all highly trained in rescue, paramedical and ambulance techniques. The civilian personnel wear white shirts with fire department badges and regulation fire trousers and caps. Blaha, a veteran of nearly 30 years, with the department and a former rescue man, is in overall…

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