For those you that have been reading my blog for any amount of time, this title probably comes as a shock to you. As you know, I make it no secret that I prefer a private-based EMS system. Perhaps it’s my conservative, pro private-business background that has molded my opinion on the matter. Regardless, I have yet to publicly acknowledge that other types of systems can be beneficial. Well today the pigs are a go for take-off, because I am going to take some time to talk about the benefits of fire-based EMS.
So here it goes, my list of the “pros” to fire-based EMS.
For the most part, fire crews are running less and less fire calls and more medical calls. This being the case, they typically do a lot of training for medical-related emergencies and drill often to try and keep their knowledge and skills up. This is something that many private providers have lacked for a while.
Fire departments have done a wonderful job of securing funds at the state, local and federal level for a long time. This allows for high-quality equipment, better salaries and more resources. In areas where the fire service also provides ambulance transport, they are able to bill for their services as well to increase revenue.
With high pay, good benefits and an unbeatable retirement package, fire departments have qualified applicants lining up for miles for a job opportunity. This of course allows the department to be more selective when they hire personnel.
Health and Fitness
Firefighting can be a very physically demanding line of work. So naturally, fire personnel must work hard to stay healthy and physically fit. Regular exercise is something commonly seen amongst the profession. This leads to better concentration and less chance of injury.
In order to write this section, I must take some time to lock my stubbornness in the other room so it doesn’t interfere….so hang in there a minute.
…..ok still there? Good, here it goes.
I will admit that there is benefit to making decisions concerning equipment purchases, in-field practices and system management when making a return on your investment isn’t a priority. This is why you will commonly see fire services take on new procedures and protocols with open arms. They don’t typically have to worry about reimbursement.
So there you have it. My list of pros to fire-based EMS.