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    Default Cincinnati Fire Dept/EMS

    Just got back from a weekend vacation in Cincinnati and had a great time. I got a chance to talk to a few guys on one of the engine companies (cant recall which company) while they were hanging out after a call in fountain square and they were very nice and answered all of the questions I had. One of the things I forgot to ask them was how is the EMS ran in Cincinnati? Is it all ran by the fire dept or is it seperate? I saw several white Cincinnati Fire Dept ambulances while I was down there but I am not sure if it is all the same or not.
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    http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cityfire/pages/-6674-/

    "The Department provides the bulk of its services through its Operations Bureau, which is divided into four fire districts. Within that bureau there are 26 fire stations that house 26 engine companies that respond to fires, emergency medical service (EMS) incidents and other types of emergencies. Half are paramedic engine companies and the other 13 are basic life support (BLS). There are also 12 ladders companies that respond to emergencies and all of them provide basic life support services. In addition to those units, there are:
    2 heavy rescue units
    1 aircraft rescue and firefighting unit at Lunken Airport
    6 basic life support ambulances
    4 advanced life support rescue units (ALS)
    Paramedic field supervisors

    All of the ladder companies are a part of four fire districts. The districts are staffed by chief officers, who provide daily supervision of all services."

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    Do the ambulance crew members fight fire as well as ride the ambulance? Are they permanently assigned to the engine, ladder, or ambulance or do they switch around?
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    I've heard varying things over the years. Let me contact my friend who works at CFD and get you a deffinate answer.

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    Thanks I appreciate it!
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    Here is the scoop...

    Cincinnati's EMS service is provided by the fire department. For the Rescue units (ALS transports), the personnel assigned are FF/Medics and are usually detailed to that particular unit for at least a year. After their year is up they can request a return to the fire companies.

    The Ambulance units (BLS transports) are staffed by either FF/EMTs or FF/Medics on a roatting basis. The firefighter will be assigned from his or her normal detail (engine or truck company) for a 24 hour shift. I think this assignment (sometimes called a "dip") occurs every 3-4 weeks.

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    LT beat me to it, but yeah, thats how it works. Thanks LT.

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