The Baltimore City Fire Department plans to cut down on the number of firefighters responding to initial calls, a move that isn’t sitting well with the firefighters’ union.
Currently, five engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs and a medic unit are dispatched when a call comes in.
Come September, though, that number will shrink as the department tests reducing initial responding units to three engines, one truck and one battalion chief.
The department hopes this will help medics respond to more calls.
“We’re looking at the fact if we can utilize more resources towards ems as far as trying to get ourselves in this position to be able to tend to the people of the city as well as visitors of the city,” said Fire Captain Roman Clark.