Idaho News

Friday, February 23, 2024

Idaho government addressing declining numbers of emergency responders in rural areas

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is addressing declining rates of emergency medical services (EMS) in rural areas of the state. Information shared by the department on Feb. 21 articulated why decreasing EMS personnel poses a problem for the Gem State. “Idaho has nearly 2,000 EMS volunteers making up over 40% of EMS providers statewide,” the department said. In rural areas of the state, nearly 70% of EMS is volunteer. While urban areas of Idaho have maintained sustainable levels of emergency response, rural Idaho’s health infrastructure is stressed by lowering numbers of emergency medical response professionals. The department is responding to the challenge via the Emergency Medical Services Sustainability Task Force.
NonStop Local

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Gowen Field firefighters in Boise get unique training in soon-to-be-demolished buildings

VIDEO: Gowen Field firefighters are getting some scenario training in old buildings at the Air Force base. Three buildings on Gowen's Air Force base are set to be demolished in the next few weeks, and the fire department is using them to prepare their firefighters who have just graduated from Fire Academy. The training was meant to give demonstrations and have the graduates practice with new gear and learn new techniques. Most of the trainees are headed overseas in the future to become firefighters on bases around the world.

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