Fire Service EMS Is At War

The nation's fire service is at war, as it relates to emergency medical services. Not a police action or a conflict but a war. The combatants are The Fire Service vs. The Fire Service, The Fire Service vs. The Public Sector, The Fire Service vs. The...


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It is vital to the survival of the fire service and protection of our communities that we understand warfare, or in today's words, "commonly accepted business practices." You see, they are the same. Understanding warfare as defined by Sun Tsu allows us to work at peace from a position of strength. By being constantly vigilant, analyzing intelligence, understanding deceptions and poising our agencies to be agile and speedy, we can overcome the opponents' tactics.


Paul M. Maniscalco is a deputy chief/paramedic with the FDNY Bureau of EMS. He is past president of the National Association of EMTs and is an adjunct faculty member of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. John D. Sinclair is assistant chief/paramedic with Central Pierce Fire & Rescue in Tacoma, WA. He is the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) EMS Section secretary and an adjunct faculty member of the National Fire Academy.