The following is just my opinion...CommShrek said:O RLY? If it was so great, folks wouldn't be considering it an "option" now would they?
The problem is EMSA is short handed on paramedics. Which means Tulsa Fire would most likely be short handed on paramedics even more because you aren't just applying for an ambulance service, you are applying for a fire department which requires a physical. Not only that, we employ a lot of paramedics that have other jobs like PD, another cities FD, Nurses, etc... that wouldn't be able to work a fire dept schedule.davido662002 said:Wouldn't they just hire the medics to do the job and train them in the way of the firefighters?
They can contract with a private ambulance service to provide EMS response in thier cities like Glenpool does. They can start running calls themselves too. Bixby Fire Department used to run thier own ambulance before they contracted with EMSA. Rural unincorporated areas can develop mutual aid agreements with neighboring agencies as well. Just some thoughts for your question.AsstChief said:..... but what happens to Sand Springs, Jenks, Bixby and other areas serviced by EMSA outside the Tulsa City limits?
For the folks who have known nothing but SSM, I don't think it bothers them as much as those of us who have worked somewhere without SSM. SSM has it's drawbacks. The individual has to decide if it's too much to mess with. A lot of folks have done just that. It's no secret that EMSA is short on staff. There are numerous reasons for the high turnover. Personel retention is difficult for EMSA.iamhere300 said:Nashville TN has a fire based EMS service, and it works rather well. They use private ambulance services that do the nursing home shuffle, the con calls, etc, but the true EMS goes to the Fire Department.
Status Systems Managment? I don't know how EMSA does it, but I do know that I sure got tired of looking at the corner of Trinity Lane and Dickerson road, waiting on a call.... To us, and mabye it was implemented wrong, it tore up moral worse than any other program they tried.
I guess if I quit looking at it from a dispatcher's POV and look at it from an EMT's stand point you're right about SSM. it would be stressful to be stuck in a truck 12 hours constantly running to and fro, posting here then there, then running code then canceling for a closer truck.CommShrek said:For the folks who have known nothing but SSM, I don't think it bothers them as much as those of us who have worked somewhere without SSM.