The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Paramedics:
A Matter of Life and Death

Mar 2, 2015

Some Baltimore Fire Department paramedics worked more than 2,000 hours of overtime last year – an average of more than 40 hours a week on top of their normal work schedule! Many others worked less overtime than this, but still a large amount.

This super-overtime was the result of the Fire Department not filling one-fifth of the Fire Department’s 23 paramedic positions. While the city might have saved some money by doing this, these paramedics are being worked to death. And it may have cost some other people their lives already: exhausted, wacked-out paramedics are not going to be able to perform at their best.

Their performance may make the difference between life and death for those under their care. Yet the city would rather play with our lives by cutting corners!

The city needs to hire more paramedics – NOW!