View Poll Results: Where does your department stand on medical training?

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  • Required EMT training for all Firefighters

    19 48.72%
  • Required 1st responder training for all firefighters

    6 15.38%
  • 1st responder or EMT optional but not required for all firefighters

    10 25.64%
  • No 1st responder or EMT training...period

    4 10.26%
  1. #1
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    Nov 2000
    Nashville, Tennessee

    Question FF/EMT- old idea or new idea?

    The news listed an article from Honolulu that the fire department was finishing its first class of "medically trained" firefighters.

    It sounds like they are excited about making this move, and how its taken years to get this point.

    So, here's my point. It sounds incredible to me that there would be such a large city (though a long way from most of us) that was just now making the move to train their people as EMTs or 1st responders.

    Isn't such an idea pretty old now? Aren't most cities training their people to do at least the very basic medical skills? I mean regardless of the running EMS calls issue the training would benefit the guys scene injuries, sudden cardiac arrest at the station, and such.

    I am not attacking them for just doing it, or people who don't want to run EMS calls. That's not it. Just wondering if people feel that medical training is pretty much standard these days regardless if you are running medical calls or not.

    " The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." - Samuel Johnson

  2. #2
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    Dec 2001
    Sunny South Florida


    In both the area where I work and where I live if your not a
    firefighter/paramedic it is pretty hard to find a job. Many
    places hire ff/EMT with the stipulation that you must become a
    medic in 2-4 years. Some big dept's still hire ff/EMT's but most
    require you to be a medic or at least in medic school. With the
    realization that we run 75-80% medical calls and 20-25% fire and other
    calls, it's just progression catching up to the fire dept
    that everyone have medical training.

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    Aug 2000
    Somewhere between genius and insanity!


    Massachusetts law requires that all public safety personnel be trained to a minimum of the first responder level.

    in my FD, we get 2% of base salary for being first responder, and 5% of base salary for being an EMT, so a firefighter/EMT gets 7% of base salary.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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