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Thursday, October 7th, 2010 7:10 am

Study: ALS configuration impacts speed of fire-EMS response

The study — issued by a range of groups in the scientific, firefighting, EMS and public-safety communities — shows “substantial differences” associated with first responder crew size.

The size and configuration of an EMS first responder crew and an advanced life support crew have a substantial effect on a fire department’s ability to respond to calls for emergency medical service, according to a new study. The study — issued by a range of groups in the scientific, firefighting, EMS and public-safety communities — shows “substantial differences” associated with first responder crew size.

It is the first attempt to investigate the effects of varying crew configurations for first responders, the apparatus assignment of ALS personnel, and the number of ALS personnel on scene on the task completion times for ALS level incidents. Preliminary results were first released during Fire-Rescue Med in Las Vegas in May. In addition, the NIST-led study also focused how the size of firefighting crews has a substantial effect on the ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. However, the increasing number of EMS responses point to the need for scientifically based studies to measure the operational efficiency and effectiveness of departments responding to medical calls, according to the IAFF, which led to the EMS portion of the study.

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The main findings are:

Field experiments for the new study revealed that crews with three- or four-person first responders completed patient removal between 1.2–1.5 minutes faster than smaller crews with just two first responders. All crews with first responders completed removal substantially faster (by 2.6-4.1 minutes) than the ambulance-only crew.

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