I used to work for Cleveland EMS, and trust me, there are not days that go by, that I wish I could be back working with them. I remember working in squads they had from the 1970’s on some days when I worked there from 1997-2002.
I have friends that still work there, and I know they have worked in squads that have been falling apart for years, held together by duct tape sometimes. I am sure this occurs in other cities as well, but I think a city the size of Cleveland, deserves to have ambulances that can be counted on, to service its citizens.
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The union had a study performed to determine how Cleveland EMS ambulances stack up against other ambulances in eight cities of similar or larger size.
They’re breaking down. Our fleet is done. They’re crippled,” said Daniel Nemeth, president of the Cleveland Association Rescue Employees.
Source: Investigator I Paramedics say Cleveland EMS crippled
How important do you think it is to have a fleet of ambulances be in working order? Yes, getting help to citizens by SUV is great, but if you can’t transport them, that can become an issue. So what are your thoughts? ~Tom
Medic in Cleveland here it’s horrible the equipment is a joke the squads are falling apart. It’s sad that this is determined to be ok with city officials but I have say not a surprise. The entire system here is broke! I don’t see any way of fixing it with the attitudes here. I personally believe this it the first step toward what the city has wanted forever a combined fire and ems structure. Putting the publics safety at risk isn’t the way to go about it.
Tom Shewbridge says
Ryan, I can totally believe it. Thanks so much for your comment. I do hope things improve. I still miss working there. ~Tom