On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, Long Beach residents stood up for quality paramedic services and won.
Over the previous month, the Long Beach Fire Department had begun the process of eliminating the controversial Rapid Medic Deployment (RMD) Program, thus reverting our paramedic response system back to 2013 staffing levels. We asked the Long Beach City Council to support a study that evaluates two priority topics that potentially create a more stable response system:
- Evaluate the feasibility of adding a 9th paramedic rescue unit to the Long Beach system to provide better coverage to our residents citywide within 60 days;
- Explore ways in which Long Beach can help support surrounding cities by providing fire response services to those agencies on a contract-in basis.
These important steps ensure that our hard working fire fighters are better staffed and better prepared to respond to the immense challenges associated with protecting our large and complex community.
Thank you to the Mayor and my City Council colleagues for supporting this motion. I also want to thank our hard working firefighters, including Long Beach Firefighters Association, Local 372 and the Fire Department management team.
And finally, I want to extend a big shout out to the more than forty North Long Beach residents who took the time to join us at City Council to stand up for their services.
Long Beach City Councilmember, District 9
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