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Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 18th, 2008 @ 11:55PM (14 years ago)

Lets see since the defeat of the library tax the City of Louisville has now gone broke. The great mayor for life is now going to cut police,fire and ems. Isn't it great to see the department heads in front of the Metro Council lying out their a** trying to convince everyone that everything is fine. I wonder how much of the Kool-Aid they had to drink?

Anyone care to place a wager on which will be built first Museum Plaza or the bridge?

Concerned citizen

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 19th, 2008 @ 3:44AM (14 years ago)

HERE IS SOME EMS TRUTHS........

PRE-MERGER : THERE WERE BETWEEN 22-25 AMBULANCES ON THE STREET. THIS INCLUDED 14-15 UNITS FOR THE OLD LFD, AND 8-10 UNITS FOR THE OLD JCEMS. ALL OF THE JCEMS AMBULANCES AND MOST OF THE LFR AMBULANCES WHERE ALS (PARAMEDIC UNITS)

POST-MERGER: THERE ARE USUALLY 15-20 AMBULANCES AND 1-3 "FLY CARS". THERE ARE TIMES OF WEEK (FLEX DAYS....MON, TUES, FRI) THAT THIS NUMBER CAN BE AS HIGH AS 30 AMBULANCES. BUT THE NORM IS 15-20 AMBULANCES.......VERY FEW OF ANY OF THESE AMBULANCES ARE ALS (PARAMEDIC UNITS) THEY ARE NOW MOSTLY BLS (BASIC UNITS) WHICH MEANS NOW ON HIGH PRIORITY, LIFE THREATNING RUNS, YOU HAVE TO SEND 2 AMBULANCES SO THAT YOU HAVE A PARAMEDIC GOING. (THAT MAY BE VERY FAR AWAY)

MORE TO COME, STAY TUNED...........................................

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 19th, 2008 @ 8:26PM (14 years ago)

Let's see if I've got this straight....Since merger the Mayor has decreased public service, cut the budgets of those agencies, been caught not filling positions in some of the agencies, counted people who are in the academy as sworn officers to boost the numbers and floated so many bond issues the cities credit rating is in jeopardy. He has had five years to work on this and has yet to accomplish some of his significant goals. The director of LMEMS said that when in New York they decreased run time and increased the survival rate from 1.4 to 2.8 percent. He called it not significant. It was a 100 percent increase. Lets tell the family member of someone who is having a heart attack that it's not a significant enough percentage increase to change the system for the better. The staff of Metro Safe is over worked and understaffed. They are having problems filling vacancies and are cutting down on manpower to decrease overtime. Instead of another bond issue for a company that halts construction why don't you do one to complete what you started? Instead of having Metro Safe be run out of political and financial issues why don't you fund it, build it and have what you touted as the newest innovation in the country. Instead of going back wards with new technology why don't you build the future. Your director of Metro Safe called it an officer safety issue when he, as the then Chief of Police, changed from one radio that the officer had to take off his duty belt and put into the charger in the car to a system where the officer kept that radio on his belt and had a fixed radio in his car and yet to keep costs down is planning on the same "old" type of system. Now you are bogged down in shifting money around, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Mr Mayor, you are guilty of the most basic of mistakes. You want to make your city a shining example a glistening crystal palace yet won't keep the infrastructure sound. Haven't you learned from the other "big" cities and their mistakes? Instead of running everything so lean that it is on the verge of collapse try building a system based on forward thinking and intelligence. You have one of the lowest per capita ratios of officers to citizens. You and other administrations have not increase the size of your police force in decades. What will it take to make this better? Surely not a tragedy.

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 19th, 2008 @ 8:24PM (14 years ago)

Welcome to Louisville-Where we do more with less! ( At least try to do more with less)

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 19th, 2008 @ 4:31PM (14 years ago)

Not to mention cutting 24 firefighters from LFD. Just like the citizen said on TV when this story broke, LFD has been using 6 firefighters at this stations for all theses years, why does it only take 4 now?

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 20th, 2008 @ 12:30AM (14 years ago)

Richmond rarely knew what was going on inside EMS he only talks about issues that someone else has given him info on. EMS needs a new head coach. You need someone who goes to bat for the service and the employees. Someone with a good grasp of what it takes to manage a service that has a high burn out rate and try to keep your veteran people so they can lead the new ones. The general public has no clue what goes on in the world of EMS and really doesn't care until they need you. If the Fire Chief or Police Chief was running their respective departments like Richmond has been they would have been replaced long ago. They need to CLEAN HOUSE at LMEMS and with spring right around the corner that may not be a bad idea.

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 20th, 2008 @ 3:30PM (14 years ago)

duh?????? i work the streets at night, and as a ALS AMBULANCE, i can tell you that with 1-3 "fly cars", YES THE DO TIE UP TWO TRUCKS ON A RUN! GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 20th, 2008 @ 3:30AM (14 years ago)

Sadly, it's going to take a tragedy for the city and metro council to open their eyes. And when that tragedy happens, I want the Mayor, Police Chief, Fire Chief and EMS Director to tell that person or persons family why the public service that they pay so much for wasn't there. What happens if some crazed gun men walks into a bank like what happened in California or a series of houses or apartments catch fire. God forbid if a plane crashed, do we have the resources necessary to handle something like that when it happens? I think what the mayor has done to this city is criminal. He has taken away essential services to fund pet projects that nobody gives two ******** about. Sadly the people of this city will elect him again. Is the media scared of him? What about Metro Council? Will someone with a pair please do something, anything.

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

March 23rd, 2008 @ 9:32AM (14 years ago)

It's a little strange that we in our little poor community of Shively have finally turned things around after we finally S***canned our old mayor, who ran the city into the ground, now we are 1.2 million in the black........kinda makes you wonder what things would be like with a new administration in Louisville..........and nothing against our EMS bretheren, but their "improved" response times are attributed to their use of "flycars", which only puts one qualified person on the scene until a med wagon arrives....not a good situation.......hope things get better for all, but it doesn't appear as such.

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

April 12th, 2008 @ 11:56AM (14 years ago)

i think that lmems is a joke. i used to work for them got fired for something that the entire service does on a daily basis. all because a "captain" lol. wanted it to happen. EVERYTHING that lmems does is puting the tax payers lives at risk. i can't wait til july when dr richmond col. scott are gone. maybe the service will make a turn around actually go back to the great service that it was before merger. LMEMS has the potential to be a great service but not with the people running it there stupid ideas policies. since when does a captain outrank a major. since when can supervisors not superivise. since when do all employee somehow get in sometype of incident with a so called supervisor"captain" the major knows nothing about the write-up firing of individuals.

Louisville's EMS director defends questions about practices and...

April 12th, 2008 @ 12:12PM (14 years ago)

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