Long Beach To Move to New Ambulance Staffing Model
On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council was at an impasse regarding a motion to delay the implementation of a new ambulance staffing model that is expected to save $1.4 million. The "rapid medic deployment" model, which is expected to take effect July 10, will require all ambulances be staffed by a firefighter paramedic and an emergency medical technician. Currently, Long Beach advanced life support ambulances are staffed with two paramedics, while basic life support ambulances are staffed with two emergency medical technicians.
- "Long Beach City Council OKs Reduction in Ambulance Staffing" (Stewart, Orange County Register, 6/10).