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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11-18-2011, 01:58 AM #21
11-18-2011, 08:26 AM #22Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.
11-18-2011, 09:48 AM #23
12-08-2011, 10:01 AM #24
- Join Date
- Oct 2009
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.
12-08-2011, 11:54 AM #25
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."Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."
12-08-2011, 03:45 PM #26
01-08-2012, 07:07 PM #27
- Join Date
- Jun 2006
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.
01-10-2012, 11:28 PM #28
01-11-2012, 09:30 AM #29I 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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