Emergency medical calls drive increase in demand for Durango Fire services

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Emergency medical calls drive increase in demand for Durango Fire services

But poor Medicaid, Medicare reimbursements fail to cover costs
Durango Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics Steve Bumpus, left, and Nathan McGrath display equipment often used in emergencies, including an AutoPulse, an automated and portable cardiopulmonary resuscitation device. Emergency Medical Services Chief Scott Sholes, right, said his team is one of the busiest EMS service agencies in the state.
Durango Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics Steve Bumpus, left, and Nathan McGrath display an AutoPulse, an automated and portable cardiopulmonary resuscitation device used in emergencies. The Durango Fire Protection District often applies for grants to replace aging ambulances.
Durango Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Scott Sholes holds a vial of an often used drug, Succinylcholine.

Emergency medical calls drive increase in demand for Durango Fire services

Durango Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics Steve Bumpus, left, and Nathan McGrath display equipment often used in emergencies, including an AutoPulse, an automated and portable cardiopulmonary resuscitation device. Emergency Medical Services Chief Scott Sholes, right, said his team is one of the busiest EMS service agencies in the state.
Durango Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics Steve Bumpus, left, and Nathan McGrath display an AutoPulse, an automated and portable cardiopulmonary resuscitation device used in emergencies. The Durango Fire Protection District often applies for grants to replace aging ambulances.
Durango Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Scott Sholes holds a vial of an often used drug, Succinylcholine.

Emergency medical calls drive increase in demand for Durango Fire services

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