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    Here's a link to a story from Hattiesburg, MS. Apparently, a state health department official tried to block Cincinnati, Ohio FD medics from providing EMS as part of their deployment to Hattiesburg. (the deployment was officially requested and approved, I believe through EMAC). The local officials and the governor stepped in and got the problem corrected:

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...509180355/1056

    It appears that while some beaurocrat had the wrong priorites, better judgement prevailed.
    Proud to be honored with IACOJ membership. Blessed by TWO meals cooked by Cheffie - a true culinary goddess. Expressing my own views, not my organization's.

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    Crazy

    Originally posted by Ohiovolffemtp
    It appears that while some beaurocrat had the wrong priorites, better judgement prevailed.
    Some people just have trouble focusing on what's most important...
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      "In my opinion this was due to an overzealous state employee more concerned with process instead of solutions during this time of crisis," Pickering said.
      A Mississippi Health Department official who threatened the arrest of any Cincinnati Fire Department volunteer who responded to a medical emergency kept the team off Hattiesburg's streets for 24 hours.
      **Shakes head**

      Guys, I don't know what to say other than I hope everyone else has these kind of TWITS. I hope this state isn't the only one.

      **still shaking head**
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      • #4
        MS Heath Official

        This happened due to the greed of the private ambulance service in Hattiesburg! The FD here does not run medical calls, we assist the private Ambulance Service. They feared that even though the Cincinnati guys were here for firefighters only, and were not responding to Med Emergencies as a transport unit that they may transport and take money from the ambulance service.

        This orginazation denies involvement, of course.
        Last edited by hthooks; 10-18-2005, 09:43 PM.
        Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not yet here, we have only today, let us begin.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hthooks
          This happened due to the greed of the private ambulance service in Hattiesburg! The FD here does not run medical calls, we assist the private Ambulance Service. They feared that even though the Cincinnati guys were here for firefighters only, and were not responding to Med Emergencies as a transport unit that they may transport and take money from the ambulance service.

          This orginazation denies involvement, of course.
          We have the same set up in Gulfport and this happened down here on the coast also. AMR ran off our 4 ALS medic units form Florida we were using as rescues. They were afraid of losing a little money also. We did let the Florida units TX PT’s after waiting 20 minutes for an AMR unit to arrive several times.
          DixieFire53, Deputy Fire Chief FF/EMT-P, Local 272

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          • #6
            Why? Because they are a crappy company

            Guess how long AMR lasted when they tried to invade the Chicago "market" ? They were gone in 2 years.
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            • #7
              But they ALWAYS ride in and save the day on Discovery-Health Channel!

              Originally posted by MIKEYLIKESIT
              Guess how long AMR lasted when they tried to invade the Chicago "market" ? They were gone in 2 years.

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