Follow Up: Baltimore Fire Chief Promises To Address EMT Shortage, Maintenance Issues

  • Source: WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore
  • Published: 04/11/2019 03:43 PM

Baltimore City's fire chief is working to address concerns from two city councilmen to address the department's use of overtime and the conditions at some city fire stations. WBAL-TV 11 reports Councilmen Brandon Scott and Eric Costello asked Chief Niles Ford to provide the City Council or the mayor's office with a plan to address paramedic staffing needs. "We will not move the department's budget until we receive a plan which we deem adequate -- including a comprehensive schedule, cost estimates and funding sources," the councilmen wrote. Union leaders say they need more full-time medic units, so fire truck personnel don't have to serve on an EMS team. In a statement issued by the department, Ford said Thursday afternoon the department was already working on a proposal to address the issues in the short, medium and long term.


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