“Constructive” suggested the other day that the blog discuss areas where the city could cut services and expenses.
The fire department sends pumper trucks and sometimes ladder trucks on ambulance calls.
The justification that I have heard is that sometimes the ambulance crews need physical assistance.
Lubbock uses “fox trucks”. They are pickup trucks equipped with medical response equipment that can arrive before an ambulance has time to get to the scene. Pickups are faster than ambulances. Ambulances are faster than fire trucks.
In New York city they call them “fly-cars”. Paramedics in sport utility vehicles get to the patient and start rendering care while waiting for an ambulance to transport the patient.
The patient gets faster treatment, the city spends less money handling the call.
We deserve better