Lots of feathers ruffled here. I trust the guys/gals we have on local depts. I have more then passing idea of training, have talked to some about fires,mistakes made, new directions of training. (I like to keep slightly current) I was never a FF but EMS.
Rural areas we can't afford/really don't NEED full time FF/EMS/etc. Most folks take care of themselves, neighbors. Lets see 5 RNs (not LPN) 2 EMTs (not counting me as I am retired) 4 miles from me.
Do you know EMTs can start IVs,defib, some meds...etc with Dr. approval. (even when I was one)
The days of "Load and go" are even older then Dragon.
(true sometimes it was best option)