Advisory Board: Funding and Baby Boomers Changing EMS Strategy
By Medline Newsroom Staff | December 15, 2017
The newly release 2017 National Run Survey shows fire departments responded to more than eight million EMS calls last year. The annual survey from Firehouse Magazine looked at data from 258 fire departments from around the United States and Canada. In 2016, the same survey found departments responded to nearly nine million EMS calls.
“The EMS community is busy, but also dealing with change,” Rhonda Baliff, EMS division sales president, Medline. “The issues are pretty universal, but the impact on fire departments and ambulance services differ depending on the region and the state with some areas engaging in community paramedicine and mobile integrated health programs. Departments and organizations have to change their thinking if they want to provide quality service.”
Medline organized an advisory board in late 2017 where fire chiefs and service administrators sat down at the company’s corporate headquarters in Northfield, Ill., to share their top concerns for the future of the industry.
The group all weighed in on the issues of the growing baby boomer population, the opioid epidemic and funding challenges. “The value of EMS to the communities is great, but the resources and the funding continue to shrink and diminish,” said Marc Cohen, executive director of the Wisconsin EMS Association. “What we’re seeing across the country is that services are consolidating and cross credentialing in order to maintain service to their communities.”