Alternative Funding of Technical Rescue Programs as Applied to the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department [open pdf - 185KB]
"Technical Rescue Programs are fast becoming an essential component of any full service fire department. While the size and scope of the technical rescue team may be dictated by local needs and resources, one common limiting factor to all programs is adequate funding. This research project examined alternative funding sources for technical rescue programs and to develop a specific alternative funding plan for the Roanoke Fire-EMS [Emergency Medical Services] Department's technical rescue program. Apparatus driver and emergency scene apparatus operator is one of the most crucial and demanding positions in the fire service. Action and historical research was performed to answer the following questions: 1. How do national standards relating to staffing, training and equipping technical rescue teams affect funding requirements for technical rescue programs? 2. What have other departments done to creatively finance special teams? 3. What local, state or federal laws and regulations affect the department's ability to collect fees for technical rescue programs? 4. What steps does the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department need to take to develop alternative funding for its technical rescue program? A comprehensive literature review was performed, interviews were conducted with subject matter experts, and a survey was used to collect the appropriate data. After the research was conducted, an alternative funding plan was identified and action steps were outlined to implement this critical and productive fire service financial strategy."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/