Study on the Feasibility of Providing Emergency Medical Care with Paramedic Engines in College Park [open pdf - 233KB]
"The City of College Park, Georgia is a rapidly changing city located within the Metropolitan Atlanta area. Once primarily a residential community, it is now home to 32 hotels, several manufacturing and warehouse facilities, as well as Hartsfield International Airport. The organizational structure, apparatus assignments, and mission of the department have changed little over the past twenty years. Faced with a change in fire protection requirements of the City, but with a requirement to maintain non-transport paramedic service to a diverse community, this study was initiated to research the feasibility of utilizing paramedic engine companies. The study utilized historical and evaluative research to determine the following: 1. What is the current service demand for fire and emergency medical services? 2. How well is the current service demand being met? 3. Is a change in current service delivery needed? 4. What expenses would be incurred to make this change? 5. What barriers exist to prevent this change? A review of available literature was conducted. The findings of the research concluded that the vast majority of previous study supported the use of paramedic engine companies. Analysis of departmental data was performed. The author reviewed departmental response data for the most recent six-month period preceding this document. Results of the study found that implementation of this concept would enhance the service and performance levels of the department. Recommendations arising from the research were for this proposal to be presented to the elected officials for approval to proceed. It was further recommended that it be included in the department's master plan. Additionally, it was recommended that definitive performance measures be formulated so as to measure program performance."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/