Fire and EMS Discuss Efficiency and Effectiveness

by Devin Katayama on July 18, 2011

The Louisville Merger 2.0 fire and EMS subcommittee met for over two hours on Monday. It began with a presentation by Louisville Metro EMS.

It highlighted the agency’s use of new technology and its increased revenue over the past few years. But the agency still relies on fire departments to be first responders, said Walter Lage, chief of Anchorage Fire and EMS.

“EMS needs help from the fire districts and the fire districts need financial help. Now can we get the two of those together I don’t know,” he said.

The subcommittee discussed how both fire and EMS could benefit by sharing technology and saving time and resources, but neither side would say what it would recommend to the mayor.

The subcommittee meets again on Aug. 9. The mayor has asked for recommendations for Merger 2.0 by Oct. 2.

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