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Started by Nick Clay Oct 26, 2011.

Issues with 3rd service providers 4 Replies

Last reply by Stuart Jones Mar 7, 2011.

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Comment by Erich M. Weldon on August 23, 2011 at 12:01am

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Comment by Pascal Hay on May 11, 2011 at 11:24am

Our state has made it so that law enforcement is in charge
of security and criminal activities at a scene, fire is responsible for safety
of the scene and hazard mitigation, EMS is responsible for the patient and
patient care.  We respond with seven fire
districts and two town departments.  On
occasion we encounter a city department. 
For the most part our medic units are under the command of our
supervisor who fills in as the transportation and treatment officer in the
unified command structure.  There are
some fire districts that we respond to where our supervisor is the ranking
officer on scene and will handle other recourses as well.  We have a good working relationship with all
of the departments.  The exception is
that the city department has the mind set of “We are it”.  When we encounter them it depends on who
their IC is as to how the relationship goes on the event.  Some city fireman volunteer with some of the
departments we respond with and they bring that attitude over with them as
well.  For the most part aside from that
we have a good and smooth relationship with all of the departments and our
scenes flow smoothly with all focuses aimed on patient care and transportation
as the primary and all other mitigation secondary.  If our supervisor can’t be present at the
scene our medic unit is under the command of the IC or his designee as to unit
placement.  The main focus of our medic
unit is the safe and effective treatment and transportation of the patient or

Comment by Clark J. Crago on May 11, 2011 at 9:59am

I’m from a third service ambulance district located in the Ohio Valley. Our department responds with any of eight fire departments that service our area. My question is how many third services use a unified command? In addition; in your area how does the command structure work in a multi discipline and jurisdictional boundary?

Comment by Jim Cole on December 8, 2010 at 12:10am
Anyone here from Washington State?
Comment by Nathan Zecco on October 16, 2010 at 9:10pm
Wanted to say hi. I just got an offer from a very small third service EMS agency in rural west TX. Look forward to working with them and getting to see the supposedly best side of EMS to work for :D
Comment by Jim Cole on October 10, 2010 at 1:39am
Third Service Paramedic position opening.
Comment by Jim Cole on September 16, 2010 at 6:51pm
THE organization for those who are in Third Service management and leadership! A life and career changing conference. I hope you can make it. I'll be attending.
Comment by Michael Holley on May 13, 2010 at 10:05pm
To Rick Lanuzza, I live in Ohio as well. I also work for an Ambulance district. The Fire cheifs in OH have control over the scene, that is true. They do not have any control over pt care provided by your EMS personel. You are there for the EMS perposes not his department so, that being said I would have a meeting with the Fire Cheif and your medical director and state that the fire department has no decision making on pt care, they are there to assist your department and get you access to things you need ie Med Flight transport or whatever.
Comment by Pascal Hay on May 1, 2010 at 9:38am
In reply to Mr. Lanussa, Your state statues should have that issue listed. If not then you need to get with which ever governing body that you fall under and work the issue out. I don't know Ohio law, but most places make the highest trained or designated officer of the transporting agency in charge of patient care because the transporting agency is liable for all actions and omitions of patient care while that person is in their charge.
Comment by Michelle Quaranto on April 30, 2010 at 2:40pm
hey all from SC. I work for Charleston County EMS, 3rd party government service in Charleston County, SC.

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