Should a 9-1-1 based ems service do non-emergency transports? a FRM conference feature

One of the features of the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual Fire-Rescue Med conference is the focus on innovative actions presented by the ones who are "walking the walk."

Next month, Freeport (ME) Deputy Chief Paul J. Conley will describe how a combination career/volunteer fire and rescue department met the demand for 9-1-1 calls by developing a non-emergency transport program.

Like earlier case studies, the value is in the experiences and perspectives of the people that set up and ran the program, including lessons learned that do not make it to the published articles or presentations.

photo by Andy Misiura


Doctor Bryan Bledsoe will describe appropriate response strategies to a problem that is expanding into the United States at a rate of 200 miles a year. Or you can get stung when Dr. Bledsoe takes his research-focused approach to look at the Good, Bad and Ugly with fire-based ems systems.


Doctor James Augustine will provide an emergency medicine physician/firefighter perspective on the new requrements of NFPA 1584 for incident rehabilitation.


Boulder County, Colorado, has explored new methods to integrate fire first responders with a private ems transport company. Hint, it ain't easy, but it can be done.

Registration information HERE Conference Brochure (.pdf file) HERE

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Comment by Tom Bouthillet on April 16, 2009 at 11:47am
Mike -

Should police departments meet the demand for 9-1-1 calls by handling private security issues like armored cars? Maybe public school teachers should be pimped out to give private tutoring to help subsidize the public schools.

We keep teaching our elected officials that somehow EMS ought to pay for itself when other vital public services are payed for with tax dollars. It's a losing paradigm.

Comment by Mike Ward on April 9, 2009 at 7:20am
Thanks Lisa!

There is an extra cost opportunity to have lunch with Dr. Lee. IAFC FRM had a lunch with Gordon Graham last year that was great!

And since many of our readers do not click through, here is the article Lisa mentioned:

See Noted Forensic Scientist at Fire-Rescue Med 2009
Dr. Henry Lee, a forensic scientist involved with many high-profile investigations, will be the sole presenter for an entire half-day at the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) EMS conference, Fire-Rescue Med, in Las Vegas in May.

Lee, chief emeritus of the Connecticut State Police and founder and professor of the forensic science program at the University of New Haven, worked on investigations involving O.J. Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, Laci Peterson, the 1993 suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster and the reinvestigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Lee is an expert in forensic science, forensic serology, blood-spatter analysis, crime scene investigation, crime scene profiling, crime scene reconstruction, fingerprints, imprints and general physical evidence.

On May 6, the final day of Fire-Rescue Med, Lee will present two one-hour general sessions in the morning and will then answer questions at a special lunch session, which will be limited to 100 attendees.

In the first session, "Lessons Learned from High-Profile Cases," Lee will talk about the problems, pitfalls and significance of high-profile case investigations. During the second, "Sharing My Life Experience," he’ll use stories from his experiences to "leave attendees with important lessons to think about when arriving on any scene."

According to Lee, it’s important for first responders to be aware of their impact on crime scenes, particularly because the popularity of such shows as CSI has influenced how juries make their decisions. "Over the years, we’ve learned the scene gives evidence," he says. "Contamination of the scene may interfere with investigation and ultimately the outcome. First arrivals [should] learn how to correctly preserve and document [the scene] and, if necessary, collect evidence."

At Fire-Rescue Med 2009, the IAFC EMS Section will offer two additional days of sessions by EMS leaders, plus two days of pre-conference seminars May 2–6 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. For more information, go to —Ann-Marie Lindstrom
Comment by Lisa Bell on April 8, 2009 at 12:31pm
See Noted Forensic Scientist at Fire-Rescue Med 2009
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