Public Safety Agencies

The EMS system must have strong ties with police and fire departments. Public safety officials must have input into the decisions of EMS councils, and, conversely, EMS providers must have input into public safety decisions that affect emergency medical care. Public safety agencies provide first-response services because their personnel are often the first on the scene of an emergency, and they are vital links in the delivery of emergency care. For example, police in some municipalities have begun carrying automatic defibrillators in order to improve outcomes for patients suffering cardiac arrest. 2

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