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Failed leadership at Emergency Medical Services
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Editor:
Regarding discussion of emergency medical cuts, I agree that the fire chiefs have problems, but it begins with the fire chiefs.

About two months ago, a neighbor on the Mainlands of Tamarac had a minor fire, originating from her dishwasher.

I personally counted nine fire trucks responding to this minor fire. Is there any coordination between fire departments? Who determines which fire department is to respond?

Another incident but same problem: Another of my neighbors had an emergency call button and I would often see several EMS trucks at her home. On one occasion, I noticed a lady standing at this ladyís garage and I asked her why she was there and she stated that she was from the Florida Department of Children and Families Services and she was waiting for a policeman to come to accompany her into the home. Soon afterward, I noticed a policeman, a Sunstar truck and a fire truck arrive. This lady is senile and soon thereafter was placed in a secure facility. Unfortunately, it took several years for any action to be taken.

Why are our taxpayers responsible for failed leadership at EMS? Why hasnít our county commissioners acted on these problems?

Chuck Graham
Pinellas Park
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