Yakima Fire Department may send only paramedics

Yakima Fire Department may send only paramedics

Yakima Fire Department may send only paramedics

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by AP

KREM.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 8:07 AM

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Yakima Fire Department is no longer sending fire trucks on every call for emergency medical services.
 
Dispatchers will decide whether a call can be handled by an ambulance.
 
Deputy Chief Bob Stewart told KIMA  that running trucks to every bloody nose or sore foot wears them out. He says trucks and firefighters will be saved for critical emergencies.
 
The fire department says three-quarters of its emergency calls require only paramedics.

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