REGISTER INVESTIGATION: EMS/EMT’s Scrutinized
When you dial 9-1-1, you expect the person who shows up to answer your call for help. But a new report reveals a lack of training by some of Iowa’s first responders.
A Des Moines Register investigation reveals a wide range of problems that could impact the care for anyone in an emergency.
Some of the facts uncovered by the investigation:
- 80% of the near 12,000 EMTs are volunteers
- In the past 7 years, 450 providers have been disciplined
- The State EMS Bureau has seen a 40 percent reduction in staff and a budget cut of over a third.
- Half of EMS providers have ignored requirements to submit response times
For full coverage, visit the Register’s investigation page.