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    All but one volunteer EMS department in my county has closed down due to the county requiring a paramedic to be on duty 24/7. Only one volunteer squad remains and they are in a reserve roll only.

    Most of the fire departments in the county run first response for EMS calls. But some, like mine, only run cardiac arrests. No rule on having an EMT on the scene first, all of our members have at least CPR training.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChathamVFD9921 View Post
    Fire Departments are not a social club, contrary to popular belief.
    Know of a squad (now long gone) in which there was one member who would always want to be in the back if the lady was "well endowed." Another member would only be in the back if the patient was locally important...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    Know of a squad (now long gone) in which there was one member who would always want to be in the back if the lady was "well endowed." Another member would only be in the back if the patient was locally important...
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    Last edited by ChathamVFD9921; 11-19-2011 at 09:25 PM.

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    0600 - 1800 (Tiered coverage, 2 positions... MEDIC/DRIVER... MEDIC Coverage goes out as follows 1st choice, member station coverage (MEDIC), 2nd Perdiem Station Coverage (MEDIC) then down the license levels from there... DRIVER goes out as follows (1st choice any licensed members second choice goes to perdiem) There is an allowance for coverage from home but competitive pay rates pretty much mean staffed at station.

    1800 - 0600 (All volly, shifts given out by license level but pretty much everyone gets what they want for shifts and calls are paid for transport and no transport... no pay for the shift....)

    Has worked well for us and we have greater than 98% coverage of all calls and provide significant mutual aid to surrounding towns, everyone makes a few bucks and our skills stay sharp and our budget stays low due to good coverage of calls.

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    We are primarily volunteer, with a career FF/Paramedic on staff 24/7, and a career FF/EMT monday-friday from 6am to 6pm. We are also one of the last Fire Companies in Montgomery County Pa. that provides full-service EMS.

    Career FF/Medic and Career FF/EMT will work together on the ambulance from 6am to 6pm unless if there are volunteers around, which is more often than not- then the career FF/EMT stays back to drive the BRT's if the fire bells ring. If the career FF/medic and FF/EMT stay together on the ambulance, and go to a fire call, they have their bunker gear, two SCBA, hooks, irons, and a can on the ambulance and function as a mini-truck company.

    6pm to 6am we have duty volunteer staff. The driver for the 24/7 medic must bunk in quarters as the requirement to hit the street is 2 mins. There is also enough staff to man a second ambulance as a BLS unit, but they can respond to the station from home. Some bunk in at the station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    We are also one of the last Fire Companies in Montgomery County Pa. that provides full-service EMS.
    Does that mean they get fries with that?
    So you call this your free country
    Tell me why it costs so much to live
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    Well after a year plus we are finally getting a county ambulance back. It was the county's decision to take it out of our station in the first place with no real reasoning behind it. Our biggest problem is staffing since we do not have sufficient numbers to staff it. I'm not sure how this is going to play out but it will be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChathamVFD9921 View Post
    Fire Departments are not a social club, contrary to popular belief.
    No! Say it ain't so!
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    Minimum crew is 2 EMT's and they will go with up to 5 members on the rig at times.
    Ahh yes, the volley trolley!

    The hospital covers daytime with two rigs and the volunteer ems cover at night.

    The FD responds on accidents with injuries and will drive an ambulance from time to time. No requirement on the FD to be trained for EMS in any fashion.
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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