After Fire Department takeover of MAST, a year of poor ambulance response times
An April 23 editorial in the Kansas City Star:
The Fire Department has failed in every three-month period since the takeover to meet the council’s response requirement citywide.
In fact, the department hasn’t yet reached the mandated response time citywide in any single month. The times have been slowest north of the river, and often not much better in the city’s southern parts.
(ambulance picture from Mike Ransdell @ Kansas City Star )
Issues with the work hours and compensation of the former MAST paramedics.
Accusations that the fire department is forcing single-role ems providers to work a 52 hour work week for the pay they were getting while working a 40 hour work week.
While the discussion remains a "private lawyer-client" matter, pretty confident it may relate to the experience from other fire-based ems services that struggled with application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to "uniformed civilians." (article HERE)
Firefighters receiving cross-over training and taking ems overtime shifts instead of the single role civilians.
Single-role former MAST employees not confortable with fire union representation.
Another hostile takeover of an ems service with a messy and unfinished merger one year later.
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward
November 22, 2009 (KCFD takeover of MAST): The Neon Red Elephant of EMS
November 05, 2010 (why firefighters would want ems): The F-word in EMS .
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- New Fire based EMS Medical Director resource – August 2, 2012