- Sep 7, 2020
Orlando FD working a fire in an apartment on the 18th floor at 125 E Pine Street.
Your Welcome. Happy Holidays to you as well.RCL - thanks for the update. Is Orlando FD actually running non certified FF paramedic units now in conjunction with FF/PM units ? If so how many do they have? What brought that about? How long have they had this program? Very interesting! Thanks again. Stay safe happy holidays
Actually, isn't this much like FDNY, the medics on the ambulances are not FF certified. This is what these departments appear to be doing. The only difference is they Req the EMT/Medics to become FF certified where is FDNY doesn't as long as they stay attached to the ambulances.Thanks very much RCL for the info. I hope this model is not embraced by other fire departments. I was not aware that OFD and OCFR were both supplementing their fire rescue system with civilian paramedic units. Thanks again and happy holidays
Similar. But different at the same time. Depending on the area in Fl, the departments run their own transport capable rescues, and the crew is dual certified as emt or medic and firefighter. The rescue carries airpacks and minimal hand tools. 99.99999% of the departments here in Fl it's required to be at least an emt/firefighter to even work on an engine or even be hired. Theres a handfull of departments that rely either on a different municipality or even rarer a private transport company. For fire calls, a dept.like Tampa, Hillborough, OC or Orl, they usually send 2 dual cert rescues, as part of a structure response with 1 being assigned to assist in fire ops, the other as a medical standby. 1st in rescue gets to play the other watch. For medical calls, 70 to 80% of the time, an engine and rescue will respond. They operate off the same channels, stations and budgets. Both are part of fire ops for lack of a better term, where NY it's 2 separate divisions that dont mix, with a clear line between them.Actually, isn't this much like FDNY, the medics on the ambulances are not FF certified. This is what these departments appear to be doing. The only difference is they Req the EMT/Medics to become FF certified where is FDNY doesn't as long as they stay attached to the ambulances.