Lexington Firefighters Fight Against Changes

The way Lexington firefighters and EMS crews work to make you safe could soon be changing.

But the change might not be for the better according to officials with the Lexington Professional Firefighters.

The union says it's fighting a change within its staffing level that would change the current number of EMT workers from three to two for each ambulance, due to a budget concern.

The union argues that having one less person on each ambulance is "devastating" to the community causing a major safety concern for

The union says there are many other ways the government can save money.

The mayor's office has not said for sure if and when it will make any changes in staffing for the fire department. Right now they say this move is just a suggestion.

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  • by Anon Location: London on Mar 21, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    Sounds to me like someone is jealous,Ihave worked in Fire-Ems for over 20 years and know for a fact that at training sessions and EMS conferences throughout the State an out of the State,Lexington's system is nationally known and recognized as one of the best,if not the best in the State.Most runs are non-ALS,but 2 people in the back can do so much more than just 1!!!Sounds to me like Southeast Ky. is one of the EMS workers seen at the hospital with their professional Bass Pro Shops hat,EMS shirtuntucked,and too lazy to tie their shoes.Msybe,just maybe you could get a job at the LFD if you weren't so sloppy and lazy and tried to be a professional.Idon't see where you say that it wouldn't be life threatening to anyone because if you work a code in rural Ky,you have to wait for help or don't get what needs to be done.No way you can do effective CPR by yourself and administer correct drugs at the same time.Maybe you should be happy for an EMS service that doesn't make 6.50 an hr....
  • by Chris Location: Lexington on Mar 21, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    While I empathize with someone who has worked in EMS for 14 years and their opinions from their vantage point, its a shame to comment on someone else system. Shorter transports, possibly...how about volume? The same report used to put forth the idea of reducing staff from 3 to 2, also states that LFD EMS responds to a higher volume of runs (non-emergent or emergent, you still respond)resulting in a higher stress environment. Why would you take that same environment and put 2 people into it instead of 3? Are you reducing the stress, or just reducing the cost of running that system on paper. First repsonse vehicles run on fuel also.(i.e. increased fuel expenses for one) The true facts are that Lexington has the premiere EMS system in the state, region, and (outside of Miami, FL) the nation. Why, as a citizen of Lexington would I want to take a step back, and have someone who thinks he is a poor soul who works EMS come and render first aid to me? Give me a Professional EMS provider!
  • by Robert Location: South East Kentucky on Mar 21, 2008 at 02:36 AM
    "The union argues that having one less person on each ambulance is "devastating" to the community causing a major safety concern for many." This is Scare Tactics 101...I have worked in EMS for over 14 years and the honest reality it that this kind of language is laughable. While it is nice to have additional help on the ambulance, it is neither "devastating" nor a "safety" concern. 8 out of 10 EMS calls are Non-Emergencies, and 3 people on the truck is overkill. If additional people are needed to ride into the Hospital, they would be available from the responding Fire Trucks or from First Responders within the respective communities. Lexington FD enjoy very short transport times of less than 15 minutes and they do not have to transfer patients out of the Lexington Area. The true facts are that Firefighters want to fight fires...they do not want to be riding in the back of an ambulance. Quit crying and get ready to work like the rest of us poor Souls in EMS have been for Decades!
  • by Bill Location: Southeast Ky on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:50 AM
    Let the firefighters on the front lines tell you what they need. Not the folks behind desks doing studies on numbers. Sure not all departments have three on an ambulance. But,it wasn't too long ago that we didn't wear turnout gear to car fires. We learned from our own experence. So have the crews in Lexington. I say fight for what you need to the bitter end.
  • by D Location: KY on Mar 18, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    Ditto to Anonymous in Kentucky. I have seen with my own two eyes what the Lexington Fire Dept EMS workers have to contend with, and many times having that second person in the back of the buggy makes the difference between injury/further injury and a safe ride. I hope they get their way.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Mar 18, 2008 at 01:25 PM
    Gotta side with the Firefighters on this one. If you want to cut government waste, how about getting rid of all of the government cars that pass me on the interstate on weekends (obviously on business) or parked in Wal-Mart parking lot on friday night, and make them drive their own cars like the rest of us poor slobs...
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Mar 18, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    Well, lets see. I believe that the studies have shown that Miami,Fl. is the only comparison city that has 3 persons per ambulance, but the fact that their ambulances also serve as pumpers to aid with small fires necessitates that need. While it is convenient to have the third person on the truck, 2 people do the job in 99% of the rest of the country. Added to that fact is that a fire engine rolls on calls that may require additional aide, and with the new positions of EMS supervisors, one could see that an adundance of help is already in place. Why not take the extra staff and place 3 more EC units in service? Fact is, this is not devistating to the citizens and there are no added safety concerns with this move. Sometimes bigger is not better.
  • by Chuck Lees Location: Lexington, KY on Mar 18, 2008 at 11:31 AM
    Allow me to echo the feelings of the fire fighters. These brave men and women know how to take care of the citizens of Fayette County. It stands to reason that they should know what's right when it comes to the strength of an emergency crew. God bless the Lexington Fire Department and may they be rewarded with a continued full crew of three!! Chuck Lexington, Kentucky
  • by Anonymous Location: Kentucky on Mar 18, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    I can't even believe they would be considering this. I just don't know who they expect these guys to work with just 1 driver and someone in the back. If you have a patient that is combative, seizing or in need of CPR, who would they use to push drugs in any of these cases. They need another person in the back. I just can't imagine the amount of EC calls these guys make and then to take away an extra man who is so needed in the back. I'm rallying on the Lex. FF's side for this one. I do believe to keep our city safe and running effeciently you need to leave as is.


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