Fire Service-Based EMS: Some Important Help

In my September 2010 column, " Collective Influence and Positive Relationships ," I wrote about an issue that had emerged regarding fire service-based EMS systems. In that column, I mentioned that the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC...


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The decision concerning who will provide EMS services in a community is not only one of public safety and cost; it can also have significant political overtones. It is very important that fire chiefs and union officials are well informed and prepared when communicating with elected officials and other key decision-makers about the critical role fire service-based EMS plays in the all-hazards deployment model used by most of our nation's fire departments. The Fire Service-Based EMS Electronic Tool Kit will help inform leaders and assist them in dealing with a variety of issues relating to fire service-based EMS.

We should all thank the IAFC, IAFF and Metro Chiefs for their leadership in creating the Tool Kit. Now it's up to you to visit it online and use it in a way that best suits your specific situation, politically and/or operationally.

Learn more about this column in this month's Firehouse Insider Podcast on Firehouse.com.

DENNIS COMPTON, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a well-known speaker and the author of several books, including his newest offering titled Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts and Tools. He has also authored the three-part series of books titled When in Doubt, Lead, the book Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers, as well as many articles, chapters and other publications. Compton was the fire chief in Mesa, AZ, for five years and as assistant fire chief in Phoenix, AZ, where he served for 27 years. Compton is the past chair of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and past chair of the Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory