09/04/09 180 W, 1 I - + 14 - 8 Firefighters Become Medics to the Poor

That's the headline in today's New York Times, for an article on fire department first responders and the burdens they face as one of the "hidden costs of health care." In Washington, D.C., as an example, Engine 10 responds to medical emergencies about 80 percent of the time. That company serves one of the poorest areas. Fire departments across the nation responded to three times as many medical calls as fire calls in 2008, compared to 1980.

This shift in firefighter duties, they note, "has been occurring for decades." And it has an up side for fire department. With better consumer protection rules and improved fireproofing technology, the frequency of fires has dropped. Thus, first responder calls "have helped keep firefighters employed." There are no reader comments, however. It would be interesting to hear from John Q. Taxpayer, though we probably know what he'd say. "Why did a fire truck show up when I called for an ambulance?"  Read the article.

Doug Mills/New York Times photo

After reading the article..sounds like RFD E3.
But it’s not just Raleigh…it’s in every city….big or small it makes no difference.

Sad but true!
Buckwheat - 09/04/09 - 17:59

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