Posted October 17, 2018 08:12:50The first ambulance to respond to a natural disaster in the United States was actually the one that was called to help a local farmer during a drought in 1857.
The second was a man who rushed to help an elderly couple trapped in their home after their roof collapsed in a fire.
But it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that ambulance service began to take hold in the country’s most populous state.
Now, as the number of calls to the National Ambulance and Fire Service (NAFS) climbs, the state has seen a dramatic increase in demand for its paramedics.
The state has the third-highest number of call volumes in the nation behind California and New York.
In the past two years, the number has more than doubled from 1.4 million to more than 4 million.
The rise in demand, which comes after a nationwide dip in the number and popularity of ambulance services in the past few years, is fueled by a number of factors.
For one, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has increased demand for paramedic services.
In 2016, NAFS issued more than 3.1 million requests for emergency services and dispatched about 13,000 emergency responders.
Since then, demand has increased dramatically.
As of September, demand for emergency response had more than tripled, to about 7 million requests.
Demand for paramedics is also up dramatically from its low point in 2012, according to data from the National Association of State EMS Administrators (NASEM).
Demand has risen even faster for ambulances and other transport vehicles.
The number of requests for ambulance transportation rose from 4.4 in 2012 to 10.1 in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.
Demand has also increased dramatically for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), which are among the nation’s most highly trained paramedics.
As a result, demand to fill those positions has skyrocketed, with demand doubling in 2017.
“The demand is just unbelievable,” said Michael Gresko, the director of the NAFES’ Division of Emergency Medical Services.
“There are some [emergency] vehicles that are so small they can fit on a bus or a train.
I’ve been driving them for years and they are so much more comfortable and so much faster than I’ve ever seen.”
Demand for ambulants has surged even faster than demand for paramedics.
“You can get your heart rate up by a half-minute,” Greska said.
The NASEM data also shows that the number who are currently working as paramedics is up by nearly 70% since 2015.
“If we keep it going at this pace, we’re talking about about 15,000 people working as paramedic officers and paramedic assistants, all the way up to the Chief Medical Examiner,” Grestko said.
EMS providers have become so accustomed to the demands of the crisis that they often are reluctant to switch to other jobs.
But there are plenty of reasons why demand for ambulant and EMS services is rising.
In response to a drought, demand increased rapidly in California, where the number is set to grow even faster.
For example, California’s demand for all types of transportation services has increased by a staggering 3.5% from 2013 to 2017, and that number is expected to double by 2023.
In addition to growing demand, a number the state is addressing are the cost of administering the state’s ambulances.
While there are a number costs associated with operating an ambulance, including operating a vehicle, providing medical care, and maintaining a safe environment, one of the most significant costs is the cost to the state of administering ambulances as they respond to disasters.
“It is the biggest cost,” Gstekko said of administering an ambulance.
While the state spends about $50 million per year to administer its ambulances, it takes about $400 million per day to pay for the health and safety of all those who are dispatched to assist in responding to natural disasters.
That translates to a lot of overtime and a lot less time for people to recover from their injuries.
Greskos said there is no question that the demand for ambulance services is increasing, but it is a difficult balancing act to make.
“At this point, I’m trying to balance that with the needs of the ambulance operators who are on the ground,” he said.
“I know the paramedics are very tired.
I know the EMS workers are very worn out.
They have had some tough years in the last few years.”
The cost of maintaining an ambulance service is also growing.
“A lot of our vehicles are in good condition, but a lot aren’t,” Gremko said, pointing out that the state only maintains about one ambulance per county.
In 2017, an estimated 6,800 ambulances were in use in the state, which is expected continue to grow.
“That is not going to last forever,” Grespo said.
With the number that is being deployed, the cost is also