MD Fire Department Moves Toward EMS-Based Model

A report from The Baltimore Sun describes how Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services is shifting its focus to providing emergency medical services (EMS).

The move reflects the fact that nowadays 80 percent of calls in Howard County are for emergency medical services. Officials in the county have not only adapted this method of responding, they’re teaching other departments in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

The Sun report says the added focus on EMS comes at a challenging time for the department, as the chief hopes the county council will approve an increase to the fire tax, and act to improve the level of service and meet the changing demands.

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