At 0800 hours this morning, one of the last 24 hour ambulances in our system, the one I refer to as Medic 99, was deactivated and reassigned to the day car yard.

A mixture of emotions today, I was not working, but it really drives home that the Administration’s plan, whatever it may be, is happening after all. As we all say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” I’m seeing it. In 30 days time all Firefighter/Paramedics will be assigned to engine companies, not ambulances and all transports will be covered by single role Paramedics and EMTs. Some are rejoicing. Others are quiet. A handful of others have transferred over, grabbing sweet cars on nice hours (If your kids are grown).

I mentioned before, when I first told you of the plan to shut down van #99, that I will miss it. I took this job knowing the system was in a state of transition from day car to 24 hour car and I wanted a part of it. You read that right, I’m not mixed up. When I started here, we had just shifted from 10 hour to 24 hour cars. But the amount of abuse and waste in the dual medic 24 hour system sent the plan into disarray. Now we’re 30 days from what I jokingly refer to as “Operation Full Circle.” The ambulances out of the firehouses and back on the streets.

It’s tough to make decisions about what is best for this system since so many high up play their cards very close. Accurate information is hard to come by and basing theories on my education gets me funny looks.
“May I see the 3 year plan?”
“The what?”

So raise a glass, lads. The never ending nights at 99 are now history.

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