EMS: What Could Happen If We Look the Other Way

I have been writing for Firehouse ® Magazine for 15-plus years and I would put this column among the most important I have ever written. The reason it is important is because I am going to predict what could happen to fire service EMS if we look the...


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Bottom line – the fire service, the largest provider of EMS in the U.S., will no longer see these patients calling 9-1-1.

It is imperative that fire service EMS transporting agencies look for opportunities to form partnerships with healthcare and hospital providers in their communities to manage patient care. A paradigm shift is coming; unless we adjust, 10 years from now we will find ourselves asking what happened. n