Resolution 2005-05

Resolution 2005-05

SAN FRANCISCO FIRE COMMISSION RESOLUTION
EMS RECONFIGURATION PUBLIC SAFETY BENEFITS


WHEREAS, the San Francisco Fire Commission adopted its resolution number 05-4 on March 24, 2005 approving the reconfiguration of Emergency Medical Services in the San Francisco Fire Department; and

WHEREAS, that resolution provided that the Fire Commission reserved to itself possible modification of the hiring and deployment schedule of the San Francisco Fire Department reconfiguration; and

WHEREAS, the Fire Commission continues to oversee and monitor the reconfiguration as it is implemented; and

WHEREAS, the Fire Commission has been provided with information concerning the desirability of classifying Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) serving in the transport tier as uniformed members of the San Francisco Fire Department; and

WHEREAS, the Fire Commission recognizes that Paramedics and EMTs serving San Francisco provide a critical public safety and public health service without which many residents and visitors to our City would suffer considerable increases in mortality and morbidity; and

WHEREAS, the Fire Commission recognizes that these paramedics and EMTs provide these services at significant risk to their own heath and safety, and that statistical evidence demonstrates that throughout the nation, paramedics and EMTs suffer line-of-duty illness, injury and death at increased rates, comparable to Firefighters and Police Officers; and

WHEREAS, information has been provided to the Fire Commission that other jurisdictions have determined that it is in the public interest to afford public safety benefits to transport emergency medical services personnel; and

WHEREAS, a public safety pension and other benefits are appropriately provided to San Francisco City and County public safety employees; and

WHEREAS, the San Francisco Fire Department administration has, based upon further study of the issue, informed the Commission that the provision of public safety benefits to transport paramedics and transport EMTs is fiscally feasible; and

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the San Francisco Fire Department and the Fire Commission that all of the members of the San Francisco Fire Department who provide emergency services to the public be afforded benefits commensurate with the services they provide; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that all Paramedics and EMTs serving as members of the San Francisco Fire Department be afforded all rights and benefits of sworn, uniformed public safety providers in the City; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that the San Francisco Fire Department, working in partnership with the Department of Human Resources and under the direction of the Fire and Civil Service Commissions, shall take all necessary steps to assure that all Paramedics and EMTs, serving in the transport tier, enter their employment with the Fire Department as uniformed, sworn public safety employees.

Adopted at the Regular Meeting of the San Francisco Fire Commission on July 14, 2005.

Ayes: Conroy, Nakajo, Lau, Makras

Absent: Clarke

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Tania Bauer, Commission Secretary