No more so than our fellow first responders
Public expectation of assumed risk has been managed by other agencies as as well. Firefighters now know better than to run into every burning building and the police don't get into high speed chases with every driver who attempts to elude. I haven't heard much of a public outcry over those things. If we stopped justifying silly, outdated policies with "it's what the public wants us to do," we would all be doing ourselves a favor. If we want to be considered part of healthcare this absolutely must happen. Even if the argument remains that EMS should remain just an "emergency service," putting ourselves at risk so we can reassure a misguided public who in all likelihood does not care how we deliver service still makes no sense. Many in government/healthcare/emergency services are guilty of pulling the "it's what the public wants card" without actually checking to see, you know, what the public actually wants.
Stop and clear intersections, don't be swerving, only oppose when absolutely necessary, lights and sirens do not mean you have to speed, and more. Assume every other driver is a complete idiot and there will be a car going through that red light at the same time you are if you don't stop and clear first.
I believe proper drivers training, reinforced regularly, and actually enforcing ECOC rules and punishing ambulance drivers that don't abide by them can and will have a significant impact on reducing the danger. On top of knowing when and when not to use this particular tool.
And if you still wish you didn't have to run L&S, maybe it's time to transfer to an IFT only company or health care facility
Or you could just go work for a more progressive agency that, for lack of a better phrase, gets it.