Jun 28, 2010
The City of Detroit announced at the end of June that it is laying off 33 Emergency Medical Services workers.
When asked how the city could respond to emergencies with 33 fewer workers, James Mack Jr., executive fire commissioner for Detroit, told a local radio station, “We ... have contracts with private ambulance companies to fill in during times when we don’t have units available. And, that happens. I can’t tell you that it doesn’t happen now.”
This latest layoff is nothing more than a further privatization of Detroit’s EMS system, a gift to private companies. The meaning is very clear: Private companies will drain more money from the city treasury, and Detroiters will get worse emergency medical services.
And more people will die.