Mayor Rahm Emanuel made his four-year pledge to add five ambulances on Tuesday to reduce response time to medical emergencies, but Mayor challenger Paul Vallas said it was not good enough.  Vallas said Chicago needed 25 more ambulances – for a total fleet of 100 – and will receive it over a four-year period if elected mayor.
"Looking at the country's five largest cities, we've combined about 40 percent fewer ambulances than in those cities," Vallas said, noting that New York City has "well over 600".
"The lack of ambulances, the lack of EMS staff … really creates conditions in which you have delays." Recently, a three-year-old was shot dead at the back of the yards, and the police had to take this three-year-old to hospital because There was no ambulance available. "
A former city budget director Vallas said the $ 50 million cost of a 20-ambulance expansion could be helped by improving ambulance fee collections, more aggressive pursuit of insurance companies, and" monetization "of ambulances "Contract services for private parties" to be paid
Emanuel's delayed decision five more ambulances were hastily announced in an apparent attempt to get ahead of the Vallas Broadside. The new ambulances will take to the streets on Wednesday, one day before the start of Lollapalooza.
Vallas continued with this news conference of the Town Hall. He accused Emanuel of hiring five ambulances to "punish" paramedics who had supported Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in 201
"Let's see, what city problem can I solve tomorrow?" Vallas said sarcastically.
At least now, Chicago is adding five ambulances to a fleet of 80 ambulances capable of delivering the most sophisticated level of care.
The mayor's office did not say how the cost of $ 10 million would be paid or where the new ambulances would be set up.
The city's testimony said only that the locations – expected on the south and west sides – were selected based on a study of running volume, type of medical calls, response time, and the distance traveled to the receiving hospital. " 19659002] Proven sites "were then reconciled with fire stations capable of picking up an ambulance without construction, and these homes were selected to be exactly where more service was needed by a closer unit," said a source affiliated with the Plan was familiar.
Chicago ambulances and advanced life support motors and trucks handle more than 500,000 emergency medical calls each year.
"Cream waits FOUR YEARS and now because [Channel 2 investigative reporter Pam] Zekman has beaten him and Vallas beats him for lack, does he want a medal?" Wrote veteran Paramedic Pat Fitzmaurice in a text message to the Sun-Times  "Rahm Emanuel is a pitiful failure in public safety."
The five-year firefighting contract, which ended on June 30, 2017, ended Chicago's two-tier ambulance service system.
All 15 basic ambulances were converted to advanced life support, giving Chicago 75 ambulances the most able to manage the most sophisticated level of care.
The procession has released the equivalent of 30 firefighters. At the same time, the city agreed to hire up to 200 more paramedics.
Within 60 days of ratification of the treaty, the city and Local 2 each sent three representatives to a committee to oversee ambulance expansion.
Instead, Emanuel and the now retired union president Tom Ryan interjected each other on the committee that was never appointed, and on the extra paramedics who were not hired.
In January, Emanuel finally launched the
The mayor gave Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago three months to give specific recommendations on how many more ambulances Chicago needed and where these new ambulances should be housed.
The long awaited movement to ambulance expansion comes amid renewed signs of the strain on an EMS system that has long been considered inadequate
On New Year's Eve, veteran paramedics reported that 754 ambulance trips had taken place between midnight and 6:45 am (19659002 ) A few days later, the Chicago fire brigade put five more "ambulances" on the streets – despite the high overtime costs – to fight a flu outbreak that was almost "pandemic" in size, flooding hospital emergency rooms. Some people are forced to "go around".
More recently, the three-year-old boy, who was shot dead in front of a back yard church, was taken to hospital by Chicago police officers, apparently because there was no ambulance
and WBBM-TV Channel 2 reported recently that it took more than 40 minutes to hospitalize a 56-year-old heart attack victim on 3 July.