DETROIT (WXYZ) - The union for Detroit's EMS workers is warning that budget cuts could mean almost three dozen less people on the streets responding to emergency calls.
However, the city says that's not quite true. The Fire Commissioner says the 33 positions would only be eliminated if a $1.8 million budget cut proposed by the city council is enacted. He also says that 13 of the positions that would be eliminated have been open for some time.
The union says the city's EMS is already understaffed. They point to the increasing number of times that an ambulance is unavailable when called for, and the increasing amount of time people are having to wait for one when an ambulance is able to respond to emergency calls.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he is hoping a budget compromise can be work out to help the situation.
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