New fire chief wants to take over Santa Barbara county ambulance contract

DrParasite

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the article said:
" “The demands of the mental-health and substance-abuse patients are crushing all aspects of the Santa Barbara emergency system,” wrote the consulting firm Fitch. The average mental health call takes AMR four and a half hours. “Often patients are transported to facilities located far outside of Santa Barbara County that will involve a six-to-ten hour round trip.”
So how much will the Chief be fuming when his FD paramedics are gone for 10 hours round trip?
the article said:
Others have questioned how county firefighters — paid significantly more than AMR employees — could provide the same range of services for anywhere near the same cost.
It always looks like a good idea, until you factor in the salaries of the FF paramedics......

good article overall
 

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So how much will the Chief be fuming when his FD paramedics are gone for 10 hours round trip?
It always looks like a good idea, until you factor in the salaries of the FF paramedics......

good article overall
He won't because his goal is to staff the ambulances with single function medics and EMTs. They will be paid peanuts because the carrot of one day being a firefighter will be dangled in front of their face when signing the employment offer.
 

DrParasite

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That's been what FDNY has done for the past few decades.... and people wonder why they have issues staffing the ambulances with EMTs and Paramedics.....
 

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He won't because his goal is to staff the ambulances with single function medics and EMTs. They will be paid peanuts because the carrot of one day being a firefighter will be dangled in front of their face when signing the employment offer.
This is as accurate as ever.
 

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So how much will the Chief be fuming when his FD paramedics are gone for 10 hours round trip?
No no no you don't understand. AMR can still do interfacilities. FD 911 only. That's how it works in a Fire Chiefs imagination.
 

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I really hope that AMR can keep this contract.
 
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