NM fire department to create EMS division

BY: Ari Burack The Santa Fe New Mexican / EMS1

Each of the city’s five fire stations has one or two ambulances and is staffed by at least one paramedic and one firefighter/EMT

SANTA FE, NM — For years, most of the Santa Fe Fire Department’s work has not been fighting fires but delivering emergency medical services. It’s finally working on a long-awaited reorganization to better reflect that.

When Fire Chief Paul Babcock took over the department in the fall, he made it a priority to create a new EMS division alongside the operations and support services divisions. He is in budget discussions to fill out staffing to oversee emergency response, training and data management, as well as outreach and diversion services to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

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