As first-responders, we understand the importance of short response times and their effect on saving lives and property. But getting to an emergency quickly is only effective if the resource arriving is well-equipped and properly staffed.
A four-person paramedic engine team, the backbone of all metropolitan fire departments, is equipped and trained to handle all single-patient medical emergencies.
True medical emergencies require up to six people – including ambulance transport – to effectively address. Have you ever seen how many medical professionals are needed in an emergency room when a patient needs CPR? That is the same procedure we follow in your living room.
The City Council-commissioned Citygate report evaluated the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s coverage and response capability. It recommended adding resources. As firefighters, we have known for years that we are understaffed and under-equipped. We haven’t added resources downtown since the 1970s. We are stretched thin.