"The problem was that Winchester Fire/Emergency Medical Services (WF/EMS) relied on paramedics for fire suppression, but was having difficulty recruiting to hire paramedics that wanted to or had the physical ability to be firefighters. The purpose of this research was to determine what alternatives WF/EMS had since relying on paramedics for fire suppression had resulted in difficulty recruiting to hire paramedics that wanted to or had the physical ability to be firefighters. The research questions were: (a) What are the reasons paramedics have for not wanting to be firefighters? (b) How have the physical requirements to be a firefighter prevented paramedics from being hired by fire-based EMS agencies? (c) How do other fire-based EMS agencies utilize paramedics they employ? and (d) What are the reasons WF/EMS has utilized paramedics for fire suppression and what shortfalls has this created for the agency? A descriptive research method was utilized that included interviews of Kentucky licensed paramedics, interviews of Chiefs and/or department heads of fire-based EMS agencies, interviews of the chief officers and staff officers of WF/EMS, personal observations and a focus group survey of paramedic students in the Emergency Medical Care program at Eastern Kentucky University. "
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/