- Apr 16, 2008
Their EMS is considered one of the best in the nation, if anything was to change perhaps transferring rescue services over to fire.Why in the world do not they just emerge the 2 agencies? That is the most ridiculous I have ever seen, especially the medical servers having the boat!
That would be an okay resolution but allowing them both to have duplicate equipment, training, etc. is utterly ridiculous especially when you consider the amount of financial resources involved.Their EMS is considered one of the best in the nation, if anything was to change perhaps transferring rescue services over to fire.
That's where I work. We also have Access Ambulance they provide down the Norwalk-Greenwich AreaTHANK YOU to all who have contributed your stories of "Fire Department Provided Ambulance Services".
First let me add, "as we all know, Covid has made EMS much tougher over the last two years or so".
As mentioned in the first post, MOST Connecticut Career Fire Departments throughout the state DO NOT Provide Fire Department Ambulance Service.
Instead most rely on a Private Contract Services such as American Medical Response, aka AMR, Nelson Ambulance, or in my area, American Ambulance, for transporting patients to the hospital. Many of those private contract services also provide paramedic service as well.
There are a few Connecticut Fire Depts that DO provide ALS Medic service, but do NOT Transport
Such is the case in New Haven (Four Non Transport Units - ?) and nearby Hamden, Ct. (Two Units - ?)
One of the FEW Career Fire Depts that "DO" provide ambulance transportation is the NEW LONDON, CT Fire Dept
A small, but very active career department consisting of 3 Engines, 1 Ladder truck, 1 Battalion Chief, and 2 BLS ambulances.
New London Requires ALL Firefighters to be EMTs.
Each firefighter (excluding officers) rotates on the ambulance for a one year basis.
Each member of the department works their assigned shift during their one year ambulance duty and share with other members of that same shift during their yearly ambulance duty.
They also rotate as the Driver and Rider position during their one year ambulance duty.
There is also a small pay incentive during that time. I think about 5% more
Also - the ambulance personnel are used for fire duty.
The first due usually does forcible entry and searches.
The second due assist the Truck Co with ventilation if needed.
Otherwise they are used on the floor above.
After a member has 20 years on the job, they must still maintain their EMT status, BUT they are no longer required to be assigned on the ambulance rotation.
Last year (2021) the Ambulance called "A100", responded to 3,351 calls, and Ambulance, "A200" responded to 2,999 calls.
Within the City of New London is Lawrence & Memorial Hospital which is the primary hospital for New London and several other surrounding towns.
That hospital maintains a paramedic service of non-transport vehicles.
I believe there is "Medic 11", "Medic 12", "Medic 13 - which I believe used for special events", and "Medic 14".
On the West Side of the Thames River, L & M medics serve New London, Waterford, Old Lyme, and East Lyme.
On the East Side of the Thames River, L & M medics serve Groton, Stonington, North Stonington, and part of Ledyard.
Let me also add that I've read the previous replies here.
I think it is certainly interesting to hear how different places around the country provide ambulance or non-transport EMS around the country.
I hope that our members will continue to contribute telling us how it works where they are from.
Whether it be "Fire Department Provided Ambulance Service" or even "Non Transport EMS services".
Many years ago, as a newly hired firefighter, I remember NO FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONSE To Medical Calls.
Just prior to that, many of us might remember the popular TV Series called; "Emergency" ( I know our member "johnny gage", Dan P., remembers it)
It was that show that changed the fire service forever. As we know, EMS runs now account for Most fire dept activity in most departments.
I also remember as a young firefighter reading an article in one of the fire service related magazines talking about that subject.
That article pointed out;
"If a piece of fire apparatus can respond to a trash can on fire, then why couldn't they respond to a person having a life threatening heart attack or other life threatening medical emergency".
The article also pointed out that firefighters are trained to deal with various emergencies as part of their job.
Since you mentioned Taxi, there was the "911 Taxi." It seemed that in the wee hours of the morning, especially weekends, some misguided individuals would disembark from the Staten Island ferry in St. George. Transit bus service was sparse at these hours so the upstanding citizen would call 911 for an ambulance feigning some malady. When "the bus" arrived the "sick" person would say what hospital they wished to be transported to i.e., the old St. Vincent's or Staten Island North on Seaview Avenue. (Their choice was based on which was closer to their destination.)it should be updated to TAXI
Sounds like NewarkSince you mentioned Taxi, there was the "911 Taxi." It seemed that in the wee hours of the morning, especially weekends, some misguided individuals would disembark from the Staten Island ferry in St. George. Transit bus service was sparse at these hours so the upstanding citizen would call 911 for an ambulance feigning some malady. When "the bus" arrived the "sick" person would say what hospital they wished to be transported to i.e., the old St. Vincent's or Staten Island North on Seaview Avenue. (Their choice was based on which was closer to their destination.)
Upon arrival at the chosen tabernacle of healing, when the rear door to the "bus" would be opened they would hastily flee into the night never to be seen again. Hence, the "911 Taxi."
Here in Binghamton, SUNY Binghamton, (actually located next-door in Vestal), Harpur's Ferry Ambulance provides 24/7 EMS ResponseAnother thing that is happening in some areas is use of students as firefighters and EMTs. This is especially prevalent in areas with a large university campus. They offer free room and board to the students if they operate it firefighters and/or EMTs when they are not at school. This is a very effective and reasonable cost solution for many departments.