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  • Private EMS taking over 911

    Fire department I'm in runs EMS including non emergent transports in town and out of town. This obviously creates huge operational and staffing problems that effect our fire ground and 911 ems calls. But because the city and fire department sees a revenue they use scare tactics such as... if we bring in a private transport company they will steal 911 calls from us. Getting rid of non emergency transports we will lose staffing because there's a "huge income" from it. Command staff and city see half million in revenue but not exactly sure how much is profit due to transports costing a lot of overtime, personal oncall, broken equipment, maintenence, fuel, broken ambulances. Curious if any departments had a problem with a private company trying to take 911 calls and if that could truly happen.

  • #2
    I always thought Fire Depts should stick with Emergency EMS only.

    And if the non-emergency transports put your emergency response in jeopardy it does not sound like a viable income stream.

    Maybe replace those non-emergency transport funds with higher property taxes?

    Are you totally tax funded Fire and EMS with no billing your taxpayers for fire or EMS?


    • #3
      I always thought fire departments should stick to fighting fires, and leave EMS to EMS professionals, that are an department within the city or county, handle EMS calls.
      If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!



      • #4
        Originally posted by drparasite View Post
        I always thought fire departments should stick to fighting fires, and leave EMS to EMS professionals, that are an department within the city or county, handle EMS calls.
        Our fire dept ARE EMS professionals....
        75-80% of our runs are EMS runs. What kind of a "professional" fire department are you going to have with a 75% reduction in your fire dept. staffing and budget???
        Buggy Whip, vacuum tube, and butter churn factories all went out of business if they didn't change with the times.
        BTW, who better to tend to our OWN EMS needs than our own people who'll be there with us from the start???


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