Apparatus & Equipment, Fire EMS, Firefighting

Los Angeles Chief to Reassign Many Firefighters to Ambulances

The chief of the Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department said Tuesday that he would reassign many firefighters from fire engines to rescue ambulances to handle an increase in medical calls.

The move, which would start next month, drew immediate opposition from labor groups representing firefighters and department commanders, according to a Los Angeles Times report (http://lat.ms/XRyjLP). Chief Brian Cummings’s announcement came on the heels of months of criticism of the agency’s response times and other issues.

The plan would calls for an additional 11 ambulances. According to Cummings, it will help reshape the department to fit the demands on the agency, which currently come more in the form of EMS emergencies.

Read additional details on the plan at http://lat.ms/XRyjLP.

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