Essential Emergency Services In The Long Descent
Something I had not considered was to the degree that small rural emergency services, like fire and EMS depend on volunteers. Small professional services as well. I wonder how much of this is from the decrease in people looking for work, the wages being offered and the cost/time involved in getting your certificate/license to be an EMS tech or fire person?
This person, and those commenting, paint a declining picture for smaller providers.
"Curious if anyone else in here is a member of their local EMS, fire department, or town government? I'm on my local fire department and we're very concerned with the serious decline in volunteer first responders across the state (and country at large). It's pretty standard for small local departments lately to not see more than 2 or 3 people at most calls. Towns are considering consolidating under a full-time station model, but that's gonna be a HUGE increase in town expenses and longer response times if they're covering a wider region. Equally alarming, the local ambulance contract for several of our neighboring towns is going to rise exponentially next year. Two towns are seeing a spike on their yearly EMS bill of $10,000 to over $100,000. And the local ambulance company has retired 12 trucks, leaving only 6 on the road, after so many months of EMS crews working back to back multiple shifts. I don't really have any solutions to offer, but I want to pass on what I'm hearing in hopes of helping us all prepare. It's not looking good."
I already know I DO NOT want to be transported to a hospital by an EMS or Ambulance service because of the sky high cost associated with them now. Or use an emergency room either. But I'd always assumed the services would be there.