Fire Law: Legal Factors in EMS Judgment Calls

Earlier this year, the city of Detroit, MI, overhauled the dispatch procedures used by its EMS system to give dispatchers discretion to refuse ambulance service to certain callers. Detroit’s dispatch policy is part of a larger overhaul of an EMS...


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Some have argued that the scope of sovereign-immunity protection has been narrowed, largely by expanding the definition of what ministerial actions include. This trend should not be surprising, given the political trend toward increased privatization of government functions in general.

Departments of all types would be well advised to follow the example of Detroit, which referred its proposed policy to its lawyers before fully implementing it.