Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department Using Fire Apparatus to Transport Certain Patients

The policy allows fire apparatus to transport patients, albeit under strict guidelines.

Much like Baltimore County (MD), the Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department has adjusted its policy to allow certain patients to be transported on fire apparatus, reports losangeles.cbslocal.com. A pandemic-spurred lack of ambulances and resources brought on both decisions.

The policy allows fire apparatus to transport patients, albeit under strict guidelines: the patient must be conscious and alert, able to walk and stand, and must be able to sit in a seat on the truck. Also, they’re only to be used if ambulance response times are exceptionally high, according to the report.

The move comes parallel to the department implementing a new dispatch system for ambulances, as officials say the ambulance companies that the county contracts have also been decimated by COVID.

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