Fire EMS

Fire-Based EMS: The Solution for an Ailing System?

Issue 2 and Volume 164.

By AARON DEAN and MICK MESSOLINE Does your fire department provide emergency medical services (EMS)? In communities with populations of 100,000 or more, 97 percent of U.S. fire departments provide some level of EMS.1 Some fire departments provide emergency medical treatment at the basic life support (BLS) level, using emergency medical technicians (EMTs), while others may provide care at the advanced life support (ALS) level using paramedics. Does your fire department transport? Fire department-based EMS transport systems are becoming increasingly common in today’s fire service. The rise of EMS transport has generated much discussion in the firehouses and capitol buildings across America. Fire suppression and prevention are now only two of the numerous duties a fire department must carry out. EMS originated in the early 1960s. After World War II, many good-hearted, well-intentioned, but poorly trained civilian rescue and ambulance squads began providing service in the United States; they were…

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