This quote from Collier County, FL Medical Director Bob Tober (in reference to fire absorbing EMS) sure got my attention:
“Somehow, providing BLS and the initial ALS (which is all they are really trained to do) is not enough for them because of 1) control, 2) power, 3) influence, 4) some revenue from transport, 5) justification of their existence,” Tober wrote. “Do not forget that 90 percent of what fire (rescue) does is medical. Since EMS is the medical specialist job description in our county, why is it never discussed that EMS take over fire?”
Read the rest here.