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A Hearing to Remind us that Services Cost Money
Joan Krajewski has decided to hold hearings and a 'probe' on why people are dying in Philadelphia because EMT response times are so slow:
Infuriated by the New Year's Day death of a woman who waited more than an hour for a Fire Department ambulance, City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski plans an investigation and public hearings on 911 response times in the city.
"What happened to that woman is a disgrace," Krajewski said yesterday. "These response times are just unheard of. It's absolutely terrible."
Deborah Payne called 911 at 2:33 a.m. Jan. 1, an hour when New Year revelers typically flood the city's emergency medical system with calls. She was having trouble breathing.
It took more than an hour for an ambulance to reach Payne, and after she was loaded into it, it failed to start. By the time a second ambulance arrived, 1 hour and 40 minutes after her call, Payne was dead.
I think I can save us all time and money here. People are dying because services cost money, and we are not spending enough on our paramedics. (There are some other things that would help, like the upcoming 3-1-1, etc). But, as the recent audit we all already paid for notes, we do not have enough EMTs, period.
I don't where Krajewski stands on the latest round of tax cuts- her record is mixed. But, again... things cost money, and money comes from taxes, and that is what living in a community means. So, maybe the economy will keep moving, and revenues will keep rising as we cut taxes. Or maybe Nutter can find five percent within each City Department to find some more money to dedicate to the problem. Or maybe we will decide we don't want certain services at all.
But the bottom line is that Councilwoman Krajewski will find one main conclusion when she holds these hearings: Services cost money. If as a city we want them, we are going to have to step up and pay for them.