Leadership

Future of Federal Involvement In Fire Service EMS Is Cloudy

Issue 4 and Volume 134.

Future of Federal Involvement In Fire Service EMS Is Cloudy EMS Operations With the announcement of President Reagan’s acceptance of United States Fire Administrator Gordon Vickery’s resignation, the future of federal involvement in fire service EMS seems clouded. Several issues ago this column discussed some of the forthcoming programs of the U. S. Fire Administration and while they were not earth-shaking disclosures, they represent new ideas and programs designed to be beneficial to the entire EMS fire service community. Now, the very future of fire service support from the Fire Administration is under question. To fully understand what may happen, one needs to go back to the history and role of the agency. Established in 1974 as the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration—an agency of the Department of Commerce—the new administration’s mission was the coordination of federal, state, and local resources to reduce the nation’s fire loss. Responsibility expanded:…

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