Fire EMS

No multipurpose ambulances

Issue 10 and Volume 151.

No multipurpose ambulances Dominick J. Lanza, Sr. Battalion Chief Broward County (FL) Fire Rescue I must take issue with the multipurpose ambulance notion presented in “The Evolution of the Fire Service EMS Vehicle” (Fire Service EMS, July 1998). We all know that EMS and fire suppression go hand in hand and that the service is evolving as one that all fire departments will soon be providing. If your department currently provides the service, you will know. If you are contemplating providing the service, you should know the inherent problems associated with this idea. Firefighters are suited both mentally and physically to provide this vital service to the community. While firefighters can serve this dual purpose as paramedics and firefighters, their vehicles should not! Many communities are currently trying the “rescue transport engine” idea. Under this idea, you take a 25-ton fire pumper and place a stretcher into the crew cab.…

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