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In working on Fire stations in Montgomery County PA, several of the Fire Stations have EMS located there. I can't determine if they are together, but each has it's own Station number, i.e Tarppe Fire Company Station 76 and Tarppe EMS Station 32. Should these each have their own icons?

asked 02 Mar '16, 08:45

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Now I've found a station that maintains the equipment, but contracts out the personnel. Is this a separate EMS station?

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answered 24 Jun '16, 09:17

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Since they are co-located but separate, an icon for each is correct.

Fire Departments and EMS Stations

DOES INCLUDE: Fire departments with combined emergency medical services operations and/or rescue services

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Ambulance stations not part of fire‐fighting services, fire equipment storage facilities, fire hall meeting facilities

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answered 04 Mar '16, 07:17

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Should they both be Fire department icons or should one be an ambulance?

(25 Mar '16, 10:24) msean21

I got some further guidance from the structures supervisor on this issue, as it is a gray area:

What we've been doing is if the ambulance and fire engines are operated/run by the same fire department, we've only been capturing the Fire station under Fire/EMS. If the ambulance is a separate entity, eg. a private or volunteer service housed at the same facility, we've been coding as Ambulance Service. But there are a lot of gray areas where the fire department runs the ambulance and gives it a separate name or separate company name. It is OK in that instance to collect Ambulance as separate entity. But if there is doubt, always collect a point for the Fire station.

So, the Fire Station is the most important thing to capture in an instance like this. Capture the EMS station, as appropriate, using the guidelines above.

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answered 29 Mar '16, 10:44

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Yes, I think you should collect the as a separate entity. It is amazing how many different circumstances there are. Thanks for the question.

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answered 24 Jun '16, 10:11

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