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Firefighting News: LAFD Chief Presses Forward with EMS Plan

04/25/2013
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings vowed to press ahead with a controversial plan to reassign dozens of city firefighters from fire engines to ambulance duty, despite an outcry from groups representing city firefighters and the department's top commanders, reports The Los Angeles Times. The plan would add 11 new ambulances to the LAFD's fleet by removing one member per shift from 22 firetrucks across the city. The chief said the change is necessary to reshape the department to fulfill its primary task: providing emergency medical care. Medical calls account for more than 80% of 911 responses, according to department officials and an independent data analysis by The Times. And the chi...

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