Full time fire based EMS: Do your fire officers ride the ambulance?
I work for a full time fire department that does EMS. We have approximately 500 firefighters, all of which are at least EMT- B trained. 200 are paramedic trained and 100 are fire officers who ride front line apparatus. I am wondering if there is any other full time department running 911 response EMS that has their fire officer ride the ambulance (medic)? Our officers have to study for and pass a competitive civil service exam consisting of policies, procedures and our labor contract and pass an oral interview to be promoted. When the officer is riding on the ambulance taking people to the hospital, a person with 3 years or less on the job can be the Acting officer on the engine. We run with 3 firefighters on the Engine and 2 on the ambulance. There's only 1 officer per crew. Let me know if you have any questions, as I am trying to explain the background but keep it brief. Thanks for your input.