Privatization of the city's ambulance services is something Hobart Professional Firefighters Local 1641 strongly opposes because it could potentially mean the loss of 12 to 14 firefighters, said Tom Castle, the union's president.
"And I think there's a large group of residents who oppose it," Castle
said following Wednesday's City Council meeting.
union's executive board already held an emergency meeting to discuss the issue.
"And then we got our game plan together," Castle
We want to work with the city and show them this is a bad idea," Castle
"Once they look at the data and facts we are compiling they will agree with us that this is not a good idea for the city of Hobart," Castle
The city is estimating that the ambulance services collects $700,00, but expenditures are $1.2 million, Castle
"I can guarantee there is a way to improve billing and make us more efficient,' Castle
The Hobart Fire Department
currently has on its roster 50 firefighters who are cross-trained as either paramedics or emergency medical technicians.
City officials have indicated they want to reduce that number to about 36, Castle