August 5, 2009

LAFD Cutting Services

I was horrified to see yesterday's LA Times report about the LAFD cutting back on paramedic services. During our time in LA shooting for our latest film, Firestorm, we witnessed the Fire Department functioning as a safety net for people who have no access to health care. Over the past few decades, the role of fire departments across the United States has shifted, leaving them with less fires to fight and more health services to deliver. Without sorting out the health care debacle in this country and finding a way to provide universal coverage, it will be catastrophic to reduce ambulance and paramedic resources.

Check out the LA Times story here:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/08/la-fire-department-budget-woes-forcing-cuts-in-rescue-and-paramedic-services-.html