No Money? No Ambulance

Monday, Jan 10, 2011  |  Updated 6:45 AM PDT
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No Money? No Ambulance

Bill Wechter/North County Times

Vista Fire Department firefighter/paramedic Matt Botz works with a gurney Wednesday during a routine equipment check of an ambulance at Fire Station No. 1. (Photo by Bill Wechter - Staff Photographer)

One of Vista's four ambulances is expected to be taken out of service next week.

As the North County Times reports, it's all part of an effort to save more than half-a-million-dollars a year, but some firefighters and other officials say they're concerned the move will mean slower response and transport times.

Fire Chief Gary Fisher said he expects the ambulance to be taken out of service Tuesday or as late as Saturday.

The ambulance would be cut from either Fire Station No. 3 in northern Vista on Old Taylor Road or from Station No. 6 in downtown Vista near Wildwood Park.

The cost-saving measure will reduce the number of firefighters on duty in the city from 27 to 25 each day.

Officials said it won't affect how quickly trained medical responders arrive at a scene, because all Vista firefighters are paramedics.

Read more in the full article in the North County Times.

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