As most know, over the last decade the number of fires have decreased by about 7% per year. Meanwhile, demand for EMS has grown dramatically. EMS now makes up 80% of the calls to our Fire Departments.
Our U.S. population of 80 million baby boomers is driving this trend, and the first of them turned 65 last year. Predictions say these folks will live at least another 15 years. So it makes sense to plan ahead with EMS in the forefront of our minds.
Fire Departments will be driving resources to our country’s growing EMS demands. And this can be done proactively. For example, training can be offered to those caring for our senior demographic specifically on the topics of: CPR Training, operating AEDs and delivering emergency First Aid.