Good evening, I have been noticing a trend in the county I run in and I wanted to know if it was common everywhere else. In our county, we have ALS units that are dedicated to being medic units 24x7. On many occasions, I have been dispatched to many BLS calls that were downgraded from an ALS call and the medic unit did not want to transport. For example, my favourite was one evening the chief and I were doing a little grocery shopping and we get a call to assist a medic who was about 10 - 15 miles away in the next city. The pt was an adult female who had a minor seizure. We jump on the interstate and it turns out the medic and the pt's location were less than 2 miles from the hospital. The thing that got me was that the grocery store we were at was in our 2nd due. Our 2nd due did not have a BLS unit staffed. This call put us in our 3rd due which means their BLS unit was on a call or not staffed. Being at the edge of the county, that left the west end without a free BLS unit. Is this normal? It seems that we should all have the same mission which would be to get people who need to go to the hospital there to the hospital in a timely fashion. The 10 - 15 mile drive put us on a busy street that has stop lights every 100 yards or so.