I recently was asked what I believe are going to be the top three challenges that the fire/EMS service will see in the next five – ten years on a national front. After some thought, I feel the following are the most pressing issues:
- Increased strain on the EMS system due to baby boom generation.
- National economic struggles to fund an effective EMS system.
- Shortage of paramedics in the EMS system.
Over the next few days, I will present the reasoning and logic as to why I feel these issues will be the top three challenges.