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--- Quote from: perpetua on January 22, 2013, 03:01:04 PM ---
--- Quote from: RingTailedLemur on January 22, 2013, 02:50:36 PM ---
Six.  You forgot mountain rescue and cave rescue.

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Probably because I'm not a mountainy or cavey type of person :) But yes, good point.

And also the AA   ;D

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IIRC the AA got into trouble for referring to themselves as "the 4th emergency service" because they forgot them too!

What's AA?  I've heard of Triple A...not Double A


--- Quote from: PastryGoddess on January 22, 2013, 06:56:44 PM ---What's AA?  I've heard of Triple A...not Double A

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The Automobile Association.

There's no 3rd A here, because, well, we're not American  :)

In the US, there are a few different systems, depending on what state you live in.

In general, in an emergency, you dial 911 and state your emergency. The dispatcher will contact the appropriate people--you don't have to state which emergency service you want. You can ask for an ambulance, but the dispatcher will know who to call for that. Depending on where you live, ambulances may be free, or you may have to pay for your ambulance ride. Some insurance companies cover ambulances in an emergency; some do not.

EMS (Emergency Medical Services) vary widely from state to state--there is no Federal EMS. Some EMS departments are separate entities, some are made up of police and firefighters, some are completely volunteer, as are some fire departments.

Even within the same state, you will have cities with a police force, paid firefighters and a separate EMS with its own ambulances, and then smaller towns with no police force of their own who rely on county or state police/sheriff services, volunteer firefighters and volunteer EMS personnel who rely either on a paid ambulance service or, with an agreement with a larger city, the ambulances from that city.

In NYC there are four different kinds of ambulance service.

The Fire Department ambulances respond to 911 calls.

Hospitals have their own ambulances.  These may be contacted instead of the FDNY if the emergency is near the hospital. They are also used to transfer patients from one facility to another.

There are private ambulances for the particular.  These are very pricy.

Volunteer ambulance corps often serve ethnic and religious groups which prefer to be treated by people who share their beliefs.  In NYC, the Orthodox Jewish Community is a good example.  Neighborhoods may also choose to have a Volunteer corps. Park Slope has one.  All responders in these groups need to have  the proper training and be certified.

There are also ambulettes.  These don't respond to emergencies.  They're privately operated and are car services equipped to get people with mobility issues to and from medical appointments.  When a person needs a ride they call the service and ask for a pick-up. 


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