MORE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROBLEMS HEADING TO KANSAS CITY?!?!
Big city problems have a way of quickly finding their way to this cowtown. This morning, an AWESOME TKC TIPSTER sends us an important perspective on a national dilemma that's taking hold on the East Coast and now starting to trend in Kansas City.
Philly short on medics, overloaded with firefighters
"The city has more than 1,900 firefighters and less than 250 paramedics even though 84 percent of calls are for EMS"
A TKC TIPSTER says:
"Sounds like you could replace the name Philly with Kansas City! The only difference I can see is they work 12 hour shifts and the EMTs in stations here work 24 hour shifts."
Now, the plan seems to be to turn all firefighters into EMTs in the long run but there has been ALMOST NO DISCUSSION about even the possibility of a change in the standard of care this long term move will provide.
Real talk . . .
THE DECISION TO SWITCH UP AMBULANCE SERVICE IN KANSAS CITY WAS POLITICAL AND HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH PROTECTING THE LIVES OF LOCAL RESIDENTS!!!
Continued response time problems and so many other issues mostly reveal the decision was a mistake.
Real talk . . . Most firefighters who disagree with TKC threaten to leave me dead in the street and hint that they'll refuse to answer any emergency call that TKC might ever need . . . So, at this point, I'm not sure if the culture of Kansas City firefighters corresponds with the medical care that EMTs provide . . . Sadly, Mayor and City Council would rather discuss toy trains than this important city service.