Transitioning to Fire-Based EMS Systems

Reports continue to stream in from all over the United States and Canada of metropolitan areas and smaller communities that have transitioned or are beginning to change over to fire-based EMS systems.


Reports continue to stream in from all over the United States and Canada of metropolitan areas and smaller communities that have transitioned or are beginning to change over to fire-based EMS systems. More communities are recognizing the values that a fire-based EMS system can provide. Among...


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The recent plethora of communities, large and small, examining the benefits of fire-based EMS is noteworthy. The key to the success is that the EMS mission is valued and supported by those at the top.

GARY LUDWIG, MS, EMT-P, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a deputy fire chief with the Memphis, TN, Fire Department. He has 32 years of fire-rescue service experience. Ludwig is chairman of the EMS Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), has a master's degree in business and management, and is a licensed paramedic. He is a frequent speaker at EMS and fire conferences nationally and internationally, and can be reached through his website at www.garyludwig.com.