The 70-20-10 Rule

  Some people really get upset when I say this: “Most fire departments are nothing but EMS agencies that sometimes go to a fire call.” Why? Well, it certainly breaks the glass in the traditional sense of what a fire department does. After all...


  Some people really get upset when I say this: “Most fire departments are nothing but EMS agencies that sometimes go to a fire call.” Why? Well, it certainly breaks the glass in the traditional sense of what a fire department does. After all, the word “fire” is usually in the...


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It is time to move forward. It is time for fire departments that do not “embrace” the EMS mission to do so. Describing the fire service as “200 years of tradition unimpeded by progress” is not good when it comes to embracing the EMS mission. Two hundred years ago, EMS did not exist except for horse-drawn ambulances with no medical equipment and no training until the patient reached the hospital. It is time to put the horses away and embrace the 70-20-10 rule.