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Fire Mangled Ambulance Deployment

Ambulance deployment – a missing chief fire executive knowledge item

When I arrived in academia, one of my research interests was urban ambulance deployment.

Did a comparison of Los Angeles and Baltimore cities as they scrambled to increase staffing in the early 2000s.

LAFD streamlined the hiring process of paramedic credentialed candidates.

Baltimore closed fire companies.













Looking at other fire-administered EMS systems, it is clear that there is an ambulance deployment knowledge/experience gap.

This month's column in provides some interesting details:

How fire departments mangle ambulance deployment

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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  • Dexter_Cornberry

    The problem with fire based EMS is that a department can get stuck with a mindset that they are an ambulance company that goes to the occasional fire. I have seen pumpers with more compartment space dedicated to EMS equipment than firefighting appliances.