EMS: Study Proves Fire Service Is Top EMS Provider in U.S.

The “National EMS Assessment,” released in December 2011 by the Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS), validates that the fire service is the largest provider of EMS in the United States. This is something the fire...


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A young person’s job

When you look at the people, who work within EMS, it paints another interesting portrait. According to the study, there are an estimated 826,111 credentialed EMS professionals at the EMT-basic, intermediate and paramedic levels in the United States. Fifty-seven percent are EMT-basic, 21% EMT-paramedic and 6% EMT-intermediate. Looking at the gender breakdown, 67% of the EMS workforce is male. As you may suspect, EMS is generally a young person’s profession, with 70% of the EMS workforce being between 20 and 49 years of age. Seventy-five percent of the EMS workforce is white, while 8% is black, 5% Asian and 4% American Indian or Alaska Native. The report may be downloaded at http://www.ems.gov/pdf/2011/National_EMS_Assessment_Final_Draft_12202011.pdf.

Now that we have the data to prove it, there is no doubt that the fire service is the largest provider of EMS in the United States when it comes to agencies, transport vehicles and credentialed personnel. It is a tremendous and awesome responsibility for the fire service. n