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New Fire and EMS Grant Opportunities

PCG understands how important it is for departments to find new ways to generate revenues and secure additional funding to support operations. There are many avenues of acquiring supplementary financial resources through federal, state, and foundation grant opportunities. In this section of our blog we will provide educational materials regarding grants and grant opportunities in

Explaining the Asterisk Behind Your 2020* Data

Author: Tim Nowak   2020* will forever have an asterisk behind it in terms of data management – including call volume trending, operations-finance relationships, overtime expenditures, sick time usage, disposable supply increases, (lack of) revenue generation, and just about EVERYTHING fire & EMS related. As fire & EMS chiefs, we get it. We’ve seen the

Thank you, Fire and EMS Leaders!

We appreciate all of the ways you make a difference! Living this year’s National EMS Week theme through your work every day, thank you for always “Rising to the Challenge.” With over 70 years of combined Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field experience, our team at Public Consulting Group (PCG) is honored to work

Post-pandemonium COVID-19 Pandemic Analysis

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, states across the country hustled to implement public health strategies to combat the spread of the virus with limited resources. In the aftermath of the pandemonium, our subject matter experts at PCG worked with departments, cities, towns, etc. to compile after action reports that contain information about contact tracing, testing

What being “essential” means

Author: Tim Nowak   Being essential is not a golden ticket. It’s also not a silver bullet. At best, it’s an unfunded mandate, but that’s the start that many EMS agencies need in order to begin getting the recognition and funding they deserve. Being classified as an “essential service” through state legislation provides a false

Congress Delays MedPAC Ambulance Report Timeline

Last month, the United States Senate passed a provision that would delay the due date of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee report analyzing ambulance cost data. This delay was necessary due to CMS postponing the beginning of ambulance cost data collection because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent issuing of the Public Health Emergency (PHE)

Grant Opportunities

PCG understands that departments are in need of additional funding to support operations. We have also bared witness to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that go unclaimed each year in grant opportunities. What is the disconnect? What are the hardships in applying for grants? That is what PCG would like to get to the

PCG’s Webinar “For Comparison’s Sake” In Review

PCG’s Public Safety Consulting Service (PSCS) team presented the webinar “For Comparison’s Sake!”, which takes a case example approach toward identifying data metrics, operational factors, financial impacts, and policy elements that could all be utilized as relative comparable points from within – and outside of – fire and EMS departments or agencies. Fire and EMS

Federal Behavioral Health Plan Released

Originally Posted on PCG’s Health Policy News on March 30, 2022. Author: Lisa Kaplan Howe   This month, the Biden administration released a plan for tackling the nationwide behavioral health crisis. Challenges related to behavioral health are not new, but have only worsened during the now two-year COVID-19 pandemic. According to Kaiser Family Foundation, over

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