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Prehospital 9-1-1 emergency response is one of the essential public safety functions provided by the United States fire service in support of community health, security and prosperity. Fire service-based emergency medical services (EMS) systems are strategically positioned to deliver time critical response and effective patient care. Fire service-based EMS provides this pivotal public safety service while also emphasizing responder safety, competent and compassionate workers, and cost-effective operations.

It is critical that policy makers understand the importance of having emergency medical services provided through the fire service. Fire service-based EMS is prehospital emergency 9-1-1 medical response provided by the nation’s firefighter EMTs and paramedics. Due to the training, expertise, and equipment of fire service-based EMS responders, they are capable of simultaneously securing a scene, mitigating the hazard, and triaging, extricating, treating, decontaminating (if necessary), and transporting the patients who have been injured to an appropriate medical facility. Time efficiency is a key component of the best designed EMS systems. There is no service more capable of rapid multi-faceted response than a fire-based EMS system.

As the federal, state, and local governments consider their strategic plans for an ‘all hazards’ emergency response system, EMS should be included in those considerations and decision makers should recognize that the U.S. fire service is the most ideal prehospital 9-1-1 emergency response agency.

Feb
4
2016

Factors To Consider for Fire Departments Thinking About Providing Ambulance Service

Factors to Consider for Fire Departments Thinking about Providing Ambulance Service Published 08.18.2015 By the National Volunteer Fire Council By Joe Maruca Many fire departments expand into providing emergency ambulance service because they believe that the revenue generated by ambulance billing can help pay for fire department operations. In many cases this is true and
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Sep
30
2015

FireCompanies.com- A Partner in Progress with Fire Service Based EMS

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The Fire Service Based EMS Advocates are proud that our friends at FireCompanies.com power our website. This firefighter owned and operated company supports Fire Service Based EMS. On behalf of the FSBEMS Steering Committee we offer a “tip of the helmet”.
Sep
22
2015

Study Finds Innovative, Effective Practices in Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service’s Integrated Service Model

Study Finds Innovative, Effective Practices in Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service’s Integrated Service Model The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service’s integrated service model has been identified as a leading model amongst Canadian municipalities by a study conducted by a Carleton University researcher. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is dedicated to providing effective, efficient service to keep
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Sep
13
2015

Become a Fire Based EMS Advocate On Line

Becoming a Fire Service Based EMS Advocate is now even easier. Applications may be made on line right from this site. Qualified individuals, agencies, departments and associations may apply directly on the Web Form on the How to become and advocate page. There is no cost to become an Advocate. Join the growing list of
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May
15
2015

Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Recognize National EMS Week

Sunday May 17, 2015 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States.  This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our nation’s fire departments. The fire
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Mar
25
2015

Adams County PA FIre Companies Merge EMS Operations to Better Serve Communities

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Adams County fire companies merge, create Adams Regional EMS The consolidation will not affect fire service in Adams County. By Lillian Reed lreed@eveningsun.com @lillianereed on Twitter POSTED:   03/25/2015 04:17:05 PM EDT Gettysburg Fire Department and United Hook and Ladder are joining forces to bring emergency medical services to 14
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May
12
2014

Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Recognize National EMS Week

Monday, May 12, 2014 – Sunday May 18, 2014 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our
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Feb
24
2014

CFSI/Medic Alert Excellence In Fire Service-Based EMS Award Best Practices Summary covering the period from 2011 through 2013

Monday, February 24, 2014 -The winning submissions of the Congressional Fire Services Institute//Medic Alert Excellence In Fire Service-Based EMS Award Best Practices Summary covering the period from 2011 through 2013 is now available for download in a PDF format booklet. These award winning submissions may be accessed by clicking on the Title of this article.
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Feb
24
2014

Fire Service-Based EMS-There’s a New Tool Kit For Your Use

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FS-Based EMS Tool Kit 2013 – 2014 RVSD FINALFire Service-Based EMS-There’s a New Tool Kit For Your Use By: Chief Dennis Compton Many fire service leaders from management and labor have strongly advocated for the importance of being able to effectively represent our fire service-based EMS systems in the political arena. This includes focusing those
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May
19
2013

Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Recognize National EMS Week

Sunday, May 19, 2013 – Sunday May 19, 2013 marks the beginning of National EMS Week and presents an opportunity to honor the men and women who deliver pre-hospital 9-1-1 emergency medical care throughout the United States. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who are based in our
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