I am looking for some insight, experiences, thoughts, ideas, etc... How do your departments handle the balance of Fire and EMS operations? What I mean by that is, is there one with higher priority, are there any promotional positions relating to just one area (can you promote with only EMS?), what are the positions for EMS as compared to Fire, how are training requirements accomplished or better yet training needs met, are you able to meet the serviced community needs, and are there any other thoughts? Obviously I'm going somewhere with this. My department is currently in a time of change. New medical direction is coming soon. Along with that are discussions on operations. Basically, one side says that EMS is just a step child of the department with no room to grow and given little or no attention from administration, (Only enough to get by) while a different point is made that fire operations can not be reduced or set aside due to EMS. I can see both points, but hold the opinion that both are important. This question does not even mention specialty team operations such as Haz-Mat, dive, swift water, and and the various technical rescue team requirements. Just to give an idea of size there are 90 line personnel operating out of five stations. (not big, but not small) We operate an ALS fire based EMS. I'm looking for ways to bring this together.
Thanks for any replies, Ed