Monday, February 9, 2009

Flint Fire Fighter Paramedic speaks out.

By Terry Bankert


FYI from a face Book Friend, with permission This article was written reacting to my article on the Proposed ambulance service consolidation to a county controlled public service.

Mr. Bankert... I am contacting you regarding the subject above for some obvious but very important reasons.

First of all, I am a Flint firefighter paramedic who has proudly served the citizens for 17 years and was a member of the second class ever graduated through the Genesys Health educational paramedic program.

Let me reiterate and stress the importance of the term "citizens" that I have served.
That includes multitudes of outlying county residents during my tenure while on duty as a dual trained firefighter/paramedic.

Bob Pickell seems to have selective memory as it pertains to who has benefitted from a working partnership within the realm of the EMS Millage.

I can remember many times in the past where Pickell has found it necessary to trim his paramedic roster on a daily basis due to vacations, unseen work stoppages , or simply the inability to be prudent with his operating budget.

I for one know first hand of the dire consequences for working for a municipality that squanders taxpayer money.

I challenge the current Genesee County Board of Commissioners to formulate a plan which will dedicate a portion of the advanced life support personnel from the sheriff's dept. within the City of Flint's boundaries and guarantee their availability.

The system is fractured....this we all must admit. But having career beaurocrats , including Bob Pickell, decide it's future is foolish and furthermore illegal in my eyes.

The voters of this county made a decision to pass the millage as it was constructed....with a consortium in place governing the advanced life support as it pertains to the city of Flint AND Genesee County and the monies it requires to operate it.

Suppose you voted for the millage and it's passage provided ALS coverage you anticipated for a family member within Flint.

I believe the terms of the millage are being violated by Pickell's insistence of a money grab being conveniently orchastrated during tough economic times.

Coincidence?.......I don't think so for a minute, and neither should any one else.

Thank you so much for your time and your continued involvement within the community. Regards.......

Trent A. Farnsworth 6007 N. McKinley Rd. Flushing, MI 48433

Posted here by Terry Bankert
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