Cost of Providing EMS: A Perspective of the First Response Fire District Providing EMS [open pdf - 378KB]
"As a fire district providing first-response. non-transport EMS [Emergency Medical Service] in light of today's current economic climate, it is critical that Clark County Fire District 3 (CCFD3) manages its financial resources with responsibility and conservation. CCFD3 receives emergency and non-emergency calls for fires, motor vehicle collisions, hazmat. swift water rescue, public assists. and EMS. The focus of this research was on the cost of providing EMS in an all-risk fire district like CCFD3. The problem was that CCFD3 could not quantify the expense for providing first-response EMS. The purpose of this research was to identify a formula that quantifies the expenses for providing EMS at CCFD3. The descriptive method of research was utilized in conducting this research while answering three research questions (a) what are the indirect costs of providing first response EMS, (b) what are the direct costs of providing first response EMS, and (c) is there a formula that can be utilized to determine the direct and indirect costs of providing first response EMS?"
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/