First-responders can be lifesavers for Allegheny County patients. Like other medical professionals, paramedics must be licensed and well-trained to perform their duties. You don't have time to check credentials, when a family member is suffering from a dangerous health condition.
Paramedics must act correctly and quickly. Any delays or errors can cost a life. A recently-filed Pennsylvania lawsuit alleges the incompetence of two Philadelphia paramedics contributed to the wrongful death of an asthmatic in 2012.