If I am an NYS certified EMT-B and I ride with a NYS Fire Department that does not run EMS am I at all liable on scene. If I am at a car accident with the FD and no EMS is on scene am I obligated to act? I am in uniform but not an EMS uniform. Are FD's held liable if they have non EMS trained people hold c-spine until EMS arrives? What about if this non EMS Fire Department has an EMT or Paramedic hold c-spine? Is the FD liable? Is it best to just not have anyone assess the patient and to just wait until EMS arrives? If an FD that does not do EMS has certified EMS personnel should this be made known on scenes if EMS if not present yet? Or should it be hidden?
Personally I feel obligated to provide patient care rather than stand around waiting for EMS or a tow....
Again, the above may be stupid questions... if so my apologies. Just looking for some clarification.
Thanks in advance for any insight,
Edited by PFDRes47cue, 06 July 2012 - 10:26 AM.