a multi-part article, the history of the emergency medical service in the City
of New York will be explored, with a special emphasis on training after the
EMS merger with the FDNY.
On March 17, 1996, the New York City Fire Department became not only the primary
provider of pre-hospital emergency care in the five boroughs, but the largest
fire department-based EMS in the country. Many of the improvements in pre-hospital
medical care that have been implemented since then have been a direct result
of this merger. These advances have impacted the EMS Command as well as the
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The above article is excerpted from FireWorks: The FDNY's Electronic Magazine.