@Fastfrankie19151 why would you think EMS providers are hated? I've worked in some of the worst and most dangerous cities in the US, and while my time in these areas is likely over, I have never felt hated. I've picked up gang members, criminals, family members of the cities gang leaders, and I have never, ever felt like I was hated. If nothing else, I have felt that they liked us, because when they did something stupid (got shot, had a medical emergency etc), we would come in and make sure they didn't die on the way to the hospital. We show up, and the panic they are experiencing lowers a bit.Do you really believe that EMS providers are “hated”?
Which is another issue.Doesn't help when there's lots of ambulances run by FDs, and lots of those by Fire/EMT, Fire/Medics, who solely identify as Firefighters to the public first and foremost.
Combined with much better PR that Fire Departments put out vs ambulance services, civilians who's only regular encounter with EMS is seeing the occasional ambulance driving by don't think about EMS as a seperate service.