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    Question Evolution of firefighting as a profession

    I can personally see the potential for some large changes to fire departments in the up coming years. I think in the next few years volunteer fire departments will be on their way out, as firefighters are progressively requiring more and more of an education. A lot of fire departments (at least where I am from) are starting to move towards ALS engines and ambulances. I think fire departments are being looked at as more of fire/rescue which includes appropriate treatment of injuries. We have a fire department in Colorado which is trying to make every single fire fighter they have a paramedic. I am not sure what I think of how this is going, forcing firefighters to be paramedics might create bad paramedics with fire departments, not to mention where are they going to get experienced paramedics from if they have no EMTs staffed? Also what is going to happen with private ambulance companies? If they just do transports, paramedics will end up leaving out of boredom.
    To be honest I wouldn't entirely be surprised if a four year degree in fire/rescue started to be taught that combined FF 1&2 and Paramedic all together.
    I was just wondering what other peoples views were?

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    I dont know about volunteers going away. I am on a volunteer (Paid on Call) dept in Ohio, and every member is required to have at a minimum the 36 hour volunteer class and EMT-Basic. A majority of the members are 240 hour card holders, and we have several paramedics. I dont see how any of what you are saying would cause volunteer depts to go away

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    All I'm going to say is....

    ‎"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."
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
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    Yes forcing people to be medics will make bad medics. Nothing against paramedics but its just something I myself would not like to do. But i dont think that vollie depts are going to die. To many towns with not enough money to support full time depts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MassFireGuy View Post
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    Don't I remember someone with an eirely similiar nickname starting a very similiar thread last year? Hmmm....
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