Feasibility of Fire-Based Transports by the Albuquerque Fire Department   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The problem is the City of Albuquerque has been experiencing a continuous decline in General Fund revenues, directly impacting the finances of the Albuquerque Fire Department. The purpose of this applied research project is to determine the plausibility of providing fire-based transports by the Albuquerque Fire Department in order to produce a self-sustaining revenue source for the General Fund. The descriptive method was used to answer the following research questions: 1) How many EMS [Emergency Medical Services] 911 transports are produced in the City of Albuquerque each year and what are the associated charges from billing? 2) Does the Albuquerque Fire Department have the resources to provide fire-based transports to all EMS patients right now? 3) What are the circumstances of the Ambulance Services Contract between the Albuquerque Fire Department and Albuquerque Ambulance Services and what could prohibit the implementation of a fire-based transport service? 4) What oversight does the State of New Mexico have on ambulance transports in Albuquerque? and 5) What patient(s) can the Albuquerque Fire Department transport for revenue? Procedures used for this Applied Research Project included personal interviews, questionnaires, a national survey, written documents and figures, and internet searches on fire-based transporting. Results presented a linear relationship with literature review material--fire-based transports are a potential revenue source. Recommendations include directions for generating a fire-based transport service by the City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Fire Department."

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