Fly Car Medics

If you work in a "fly car" or "first responder" this is the place for you. Say hello, get to know each other, share experiences good or bad. A good place to vent or just learn what we all do in our regions.

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What's in your jump bag?

Started by Mike Dec 23, 2012.

Cost analysis for a fly car 1 Reply

Last reply by Medicare EMR Oct 9, 2012.

Lets see the Ride 9 Replies

Last reply by Bart Jun 11, 2012.

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Comment by Jeff Lindsey on July 7, 2012 at 4:01pm

Greetings, I have been in EMS for almost 20 years, but up until I moved to Northern Idaho last year from the southeast coast, I have never been around a "true" flycar concept. Our paramedics here are assigned to a flycar and ambulances are staffed at either an ILS or BLS level. 911 Dispatchers assign the calls to a BLS, ILS or ALS classification. There are many ALS calls that are triaged to an ILS provider, or ILS calls that are upgraded to ALS. This is by far the best model that I have ever worked in. This gives our medics a very strategic advantage by being very mobile and the ability to triage calls to the appropriate providers. It also gives longevity to careers, that would otherwise be spent running every call on an ALS ambulance. This model is not for every area, but works beautifully here! 

Comment by Ratapong Ambhanwong on November 21, 2009 at 5:24am
Hi everyone, I have been working a Fly Car now for 2 years. I also like the concept. In fact, the hospital that I am working in (Bangkok, Thailand) is the only hospital base ambulance that operate this type of vehicle with multi-tasks.
Comment by Mike Bjarköy on June 3, 2009 at 1:15am
I've worked on Fly Cars (we call them RRVs - rapid response vehicles) for past 5 years in Cornwall, England.
Usual paramedic scope of practice with expanded scope of practice as an emergency care practitioner.
look forward to some good chats.
Comment by David Wardlaw on April 6, 2009 at 1:28pm
Hello everyone I am a Paramedic In the south west region of New York Cattarugus Co. (Olean). I work with a privet service that provides both Fly car and ALS medical tx. We stay preaty busy and service a large area including some agencies in north central PA (Potter and Mckean Co. PA) We have 2 primary fly cars and 1 back up all of our Amb are ALS equiped and do ALS intercepts as well.
Comment by Skip Kirkwood on March 1, 2009 at 8:14am
Hi, Folks....David, I'm sorry to tell you that the Wake County APP units are not fly cars in the traditional sense (provide paramedic service to patients receiving BLS ambulance response). If the FD are first responders, and the ambulance is the second responder (all of the ambulances are ALS already) the APP unit is a third responder. And, responding to dispatched calls is only 1/3 of what the APPs do - they are expected to fill up the time between dispatched calls with other activity (prevention of unnecessary EMS calls, helping frequent users not be so frequent, etc.). It's a cool program, but nothing like my experience in the NJ system (all medics in fly cars with BLS ambulances, except in Newark of course).
Comment by Richie Garcia on February 28, 2009 at 11:24pm
Hello everyone, I have been working a Fly Car now for 5 years. I like the concept. I did something similar as a supervisor when I worked NYC*EMS. I was always for the program but it never seemed to work in big city.
Comment by Duncan Hitchcock on February 10, 2009 at 6:08pm
Our department is interested in the Fly Car concept. ANyone with some info on how this works please contact me at
Comment by David Spafford on February 5, 2009 at 9:06am
Did any of you read the article on the new Dodge Charger fleet that Wake County NC EMS is getting? They are putting them in service as fly cars. I want to work there!!!
Comment by Duncan Hitchcock on February 4, 2009 at 3:01pm
21 ALS Rescue Units (Ambulances); 15 BLS Engines, 7 ALS Engines; all career manned 24/7. 435,000 folks; 745 sq miles. 454 personnel. Suburban and rural. 47,000 EMS calls a year. EMS based Fire Service (I'm starting a new term).
Comment by David Spafford on February 4, 2009 at 12:26pm
What type of system are you currently in? tell me a little about it...

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