Some time after the merger,the city began using engines as CFR-D's to assist EMS, primarily for high priority jobs. This results in a higher call volume, and justifies more FF positions. EMS units typically sit on street corners, referred to as their "89", to facilitate quicker response times, as opposed to being in a station, having to get out of bed, get dressed, fire up the rig, etc. I think that an EMS unit has to be responding in 30 seconds or less. Several years ago, EMS units in the 47 battalion shared a house with the firemen. I wasn't there, but I heard that they didn't get along to well, and were given the cold shoulder(the emt's). Again, neither side really wants to be a part of the other, and were perfectly happy seperate. To a degree, when I hear of firemen at FDNY referring to EMS as slugs, skells, and such, I can see where they're coming from. Some EMS workers are grossly overweight, don't take pride in their appearance, act "ghetto"(are ghetto), do the least amount of work possible, and interact poorly with patients and the public. Firemen don't want those type of people wearing a FDNY patch. The firemen mostly want to be just that, and emt's and medics want to do only EMS, as well. EMS didn't even have uniformed status until a couple of years ago. I would think that the Local 2507 would fight any integration. Over here in Fairfax County, many years ago, firefighters would ride the "penalty box" as a rookie, until a new rookie comes along. Medics were given the cold shoulder, and weren't even allowed to eat dinner with the others. Things are different now, and EMS is embraced, and treated seriously here.