Wednesday - July 27 - 10:45 am - 11:45 am
As fire departments struggle with the same workload, burnout and fiscal issues facing all of EMS, some have sought creative solutions. In this session, you’ll hear two case studies sharing real-life examples of two departments that have successfully hired non-firefighter EMS clinicians and implemented single-certification employee classifications. Their pitfalls and successes will help you evaluate your department’s options and decide whether this is the right solution for your community. Steve Knight, PhD, is a partner with Fitch & Associates and leads the firm’s fire service consulting. He previously served with St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, rising the ranks before retiring as assistant chief. He will be joined by Kevin Preston, Assistant Fire Chief for the Orlando Fire Department and Jerry Smith, Director, Office of EMS at Lake County Board of County Commissioners.