Fire department leveraging role as health care provider

Firefighters Mike Souza, right, watches as paramedics helps a woman into an ambulance.  She appeared to be under the influence of drugs at a night club.  The firefighters of Engine 8 is one of the busiest fire stations in the United States.  Saturday, July 3, 2010.  The July 4th holiday is typically one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters.  Most of the station's call are for medical issues, something the department is looking to fix through preventative programs.   (The Gazette, Bryan Oller)   Photo by Gazette file
Firefighters Mike Souza, right, watches as paramedics helps a woman into an ambulance. She appeared to be under the influence of drugs at a night club. The firefighters of Engine 8 is one of the busiest fire stations in the United States. Saturday, July 3, 2010. The July 4th holiday is typically one of the busiest days of the year for firefighters. Most of the station's call are for medical issues, something the department is looking to fix through preventative programs. (The Gazette, Bryan Oller) Photo by Gazette file
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