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.