Los Angeles County reduces Squad automatic responses

Paramedic Squad not dispatched to "Sick-BLS" and "Injured-BLS"

Prior to July 1, 2016, every 9-1-1 EMS response in Los Angeles County would include a two-paramedic non-transporting squad along with the nearest fire company and private ambulance.

Goal 4: Operational Effectiveness of the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan included this:

Reduce the daily number of advanced life support/paramedic responses by correctly aligning the need with the appropriate resource through tiered dispatching of two Dispatch call types, “sick” and “injury.”  (page 8)

This was not done in isolation, the May 2o16 message from Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby included this:

Among those achievements, the Department hired a permanent Medical Director, improved relations with the EMS Agency, implemented electronic patient care records, revamped the quality improvement program, completed back-logged EMS report scanning and became the first fire department to go live with the implementation of the Safety Intelligence Risk Management Software tool.

The department noted that EMS calls increased 12.8 percent between 2013 to 2014, totaling 277,122 incidents, representing 73% of the fire department responses.




Preparing the next generation of commanders

Preparing for the 4th edition of Fire Officer

I have been fortunate to contribute to our sacred profession of fire and rescue through the writing of a textbook that covers the NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Standard covering Fire Officer I and II.

The first three editions of Fire Officer: Principles and Practice benefited from participation in discussion boards and blog sites and the mandatory annual working “vacation” at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference.

The next edition of NFPA 1021 is scheduled for 2020, with the public input into the standard opening now.

It was hard writing the 1st edition. Took three rewrites and a lot of help from Gordon Routley. During that time I was an active participant on The WatchDesk – a Washington DC based discussion board that provided stimulating conversation, feedback and entertainment.

It is time to start working on the 4th edition. One purpose of this blog site is to work out ideas, concepts and practices for the person preparing to be a fire company supervisor (Lieutenant) or manager (Captain/Battalion Chief) for the 2020’s.

Come on along, it is going to be interesting!