only 1 of them even had portable radios for the crew too begin with
if you work for a decent 911 EMS agency, both the EMT and paramedic will have radios. The reason for this is primarily safety related
The 1st company I worked for was pure IFT only, they only had pagers.Jim, were the other 3 purely IFT companies?
In LA County any paramedic ambulance is required to have a portable radio. So we had one (at Bowers) it rarely if ever, got used. Like literally once. Probably because someone needed the batteries for their Bluetooth speaker.The 1st company I worked for was pure IFT only, they only had pagers.
The 2nd company likewise had pagers only but was both 911 and IFT. It was also street corner posting only....so someone had to be in the rig at all times, which could be fun if you wanted to run in to use the bathroom at the business you were parked in front of lol. At least once I was ordering from Chick-Fil-A, swipe my card, look over out the windows, and the rig started flashing its red lights (our agreed upon signal that we had a call).
The 3rd Agency was the FD based EMT program where we all had portables (well more specifically, the ambulance had 2 portables inside it for the crew to use, they didn't issue a portable to every individual)
And my 4th company was the one that was primary 911 with some side IFT that had the single push-to-talk phone in each rig.
(my current FD that I'm still in training for, once again has portables for each spot on the trucks. I'll have to verify later, but I'm pretty sure the City&County EMS Agency also has portables for each of their crew members)
CAAS accreditation requires both crew (or *all* crew, really) to have portable radios. That's what I was told.