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    Question Help with a paper...

    Hey all,
    I am writing a term paper for medic school and was wondering if some of you could help me out. These questions are for paid personell in both fire departments that do EMS and private EMS companies.


    1. Which do you work for? (FD w/ EMS or private EMS)

    2. What are some of your responsibilities?

    3. What is the starting salary for your position? (benefits also)

    4. Desribe your in-house training. ( both fire & EMS)

    5. How much does the average ambulance ride cost a patient? (if you can)

    Thanks alot guys!

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    Hi 224..
    a few answers to your questions....

    1. Which do you work for? (FD w/ EMS or private EMS)
    Fire Department/first response EMS. Private ambulance provides ALS services and transports.

    2. What are some of your responsibilities?
    Incident command, initial patient treatment and BLS services, scene safety.

    3. What is the starting salary for your position? (benefits also)
    Depends on the rank. Firefighters trained to the 1st responder level get 2% of their base salary as an incentive, EMT's get 7%.
    Entry level firefighters make approximately $34K a year base salary.

    4. Desribe your in-house training. ( both fire & EMS)
    Drills and ems classes, some fire classes can qualify for EMS credits.

    5. How much does the average ambulance ride cost a patient? (if you can)
    The last time I rode in a "bone box" as a patient was over four years ago after collapsing at a fire from exhaustion and dehydration. The bill was $450.
    ‎"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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    Thanks for yer reply Capt. They actually charged you for a ride to the hospital?!?!?!?! Around here services like that are free for brothers.

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    1. Which do you work for? (FD w/ EMS or private EMS)

    I'm a firefighter/first responder. (we're grandfathered because our department ran EMS calls before the current Ohio law that requires all EMS responders to be at least EMT-B level.)

    2. What are some of your responsibilities?

    We generally arrive on scene a few minutes or more before the private ALS ambulance (they transport). It depends on the nature of the call - but in general, we'll take an initial set of vitals, start O2 (if needed) get some patient history, including current meds and medical allergies, and that sort of thing. Of course, we may hook up our bi-phasic SAED, start CPR, whatever the scene requires. At MVAs we do the patient stuff, plus extrication and hazard containment.

    3. What is the starting salary for your position? (benefits also)

    Our probies currently start at just under $30K per year, and there are 7 steps to senior firefighter pay. There's Captain and A/C above them. We work a 24/48 schedule.

    4. Desribe your in-house training. ( both fire & EMS)

    2 hours of training Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning (depends on shift). Can be on either fire or EMS subjects. Occasionally, re-certs or other special classes may take longer than 2 hours per day or may take place in afternoon or evening.

    5. How much does the average ambulance ride cost a patient? (if you can)

    We provide first responder level aid, and do not transport. We don't even have ambulances - we respond with engines. We have contracts with three ALS ambulance companies, one per shift. Their contract requires a 9 minute response or less, 90% of the time. I believe the going rate for a basic transport by ambulance hereabouts is around $700.
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