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Fairfax County Seeks to Trim BLS Ambulance Service

ALS Units Will Be Unaffected

FAIRFAX COUNTY (Virginia) FIRE & RESCUE CHIEF RON MASTIN has been directed by the Board of Supervisors to trim an additional $1.5 million from the FRD’s budget before the next fiscal year begins on July 1.  Chief Mastin has proposed cutting back on two of the BLS ambulances by taking them out of service at night.  The County has 37 ALS (Advanced Life Support) units that are staffed with paramedics and they will not be affected by the reduction of service.  There are still four BLS ambulances (Basic Life Support) that are staffed with EMT’s in service and two of them will be defunded from nighttime service if his plan is approved.

That action would pare an estimated $580,000 from the current $140 million budget and the rest would come from reducing the allotted strength of the Hazardous Materials Unit and by reducing overtime expenditures.

The Washington Examiner has the detailed STORY.
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  • JULIUSBENNETT

    I hate to see or hear of any PUBLIC SAFETY related personnel being cut back or laid off. ! This is truly a sad world we live in when people who are trained and educated to save lives and property are being cut back and or laid off. ! POLICE OFFICERS, DEPUTY SHERIFF’S, CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS, EMT’S, PARAMEDICS, FIREFIGHTERS, 911 COMMUNICATIONS TELECOMMUNICATORS, SECURITY OFFICERS, and host of other folks in this field should be left alone. !

    • http://www.firegeezer.com Mike “FossilMedic” Ward

      Julius:

      Appreciate your position, but there is no layoffs or lost jobs with this service reduction. Reflects a reduction in the amount of overtime needed to cover existing operations.

  • Justamedic

    The ALS will be affected, though. They will be running more calls at night. 24 hour shifts just got a little bit longer…

    • http://www.firegeezer.com Mike “FossilMedic” Ward

      Agreed

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