PA First Responders

Goals

To determine the demographics of the three categories of responders in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This would include the police, fire, and EMS. The Pennsylvania State Police should not be included. This will be used in training for naloxone administration, substance use disorder stigma, and referral to treatment. Particular attention should be paid to the number of active members per county, the average salary, gender, age, and education.

Early Findings

EMS

  • The number of licensed EMS agencies in Pennsylvania is 1,258. This is made up of 431 QRS, 444 BLS, 366 ALS, and 17 Air Ambulance.
  • The number of certifications of EMTs by age is as follows: 16-19 762, 20-24 4,311, 25-29 4,074, 30-34 3,844, 35-39 3,350, 40-44 2,974, 45-49 2,907, 50-54 2,437, 55-59 1,898, 60+ 2,905. This is Pennsylvania state wide information.
  • The number of paramedics by age is as follows: 18-24 351, 25-29 704, 30-34 925, 25-39 828, 40-44 869, 45-49 1,099, 50-54 854, 55-59 651, 60+ 667. This is Pennsylvania state wide information.
  • The total number of certified EMS workers in Pennsylvania by qualification is as follows: EMSVO 947, EMR 3,256, EMT 29,462, AEMT 245, Paramedic 6,948, PHRN 1,210.
  • The number of EMS providers through the level of PHRN by county is as follows: Wayne 243, Pike 244, Monroe 434, Lackawanna 755, Wyoming 143, Susquehanna 207, Bradford 236, Tioga 306, Potter 91, McKean 159, Warren 239, Crawford 417, Eria 1,079, Mercer 266, Venago 320, Forest 27, Elk 149, Cameron 29, Clinton 178, Lycoming 661, Sullivan 90, Luzerne 1,071, Carbon 220.

Summary

  • We have focused on EMS during our first hour of research. Unfortunately, time constraints meant we were unable to complete the final list of the number of providers by county.
  • From our first hour of research, it appears the majority of the available data is available at a state level, rather than by county. Given the availability of the information sought, we suggest the following.

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