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Comments made by SDctyzn

DeMaio, Fire Chief Spar Over EMT Pay

Get your facts straight before you make these accusations. SDMSE do respond with medics, but our city holds a high standard of having two medics on a 9-1-1 call. If you or a loved one has a heart attack, wouldn't you want a crew constantly delivering chest compressions and ventilations (that requires two people, usually the EMT's), some one to administer drugs and talk to the nurse on the radio (so you will have the best possible care at the hospital with a team there ready to work), and oh yeah someone to drive? That makes for four people total rolling to the hospital. This is impossible with just the ambulance, which carries two. Not to say that all 9-1-1 calls warrant an engine and an ambulance, but don't you think when you pick up the phone to dial 9-1-1, you would want SOME ONE to show up to your emergency in a timely manner. There are less than 20 9-1-1 ambulances in the city working SDMSE any given day. At any given time, half of those could be at the hospitals delivering their patients, leaving areas of the city uncovered by transporting ambulances. SDFD's system allows engines and trucks to respond to calls, so that you do not have to wait as when those units are tied up. When the call warrants, they are released from the seen as soon as possible by the transporting ambulance. But with the city growing even larger and the brown-outs cutting the fire sides ability to respond, even the fire engines are having a hard time keeping up.

October 13, 2010 at 7:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )