The budget for Pinellas faces a deficit. Sadly, Emergency Medical Services has become the target. One of the proposed "solutions" hands the single entity of transport over to 18 different county fire departments, thus eliminating over 500 jobs the private, not-for-profit ambulance company (Parented by ETMC) provides. These people are spouses, parents, care givers, friends, neighbors, and tax payers. This is proposed to be done just to supposedly initially save roughly $13 a year per tax paying citizen, which given the delicate economy will be impossible maintain. This "solution" however does not address where the monies for acquiring new units and their upkeep will come from, where the monies for new equipment will come from, let alone how to pay the staff to run them, the cost of a transport and whether or not a tax paying Pinellas County citizen will be billed for one, how the new system will be managed, as well as several other issues. A better solution can and must be found. Support a fiscally sound and morally strong solution that not only is right for the patients and citizens of Pinellas County, but all that treat them as well. Say "NO" to Pinellas Fire Transport.
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