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Old 09-30-2013, 06:45 PM
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Pretty much everybody here in California runs both. Whether or not fire runs ambulances or just engine response varies though. When I was in SoCal, most of us ran our own ambulances, but up here it seems more common for the ambulance service to be a private like AMR. Most of our paid fire agencies are ALS and the volunteer agencies are BLS, though one of those was working on a limited scope ALS program with the county.

My department here was BLS when I first started, and in 2011 we started an ALS program with at least one medic on the engine 24/7. We deal with a lot of traumas and drug/alcohol related calls (university campus) so having medics on the engine has made a big difference.
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