Wow! I read in today's MEN that a "Possible" (my terms, not the MEN) candidate for council or Mayor stated that "...he believed that the city could save money if the fire department were not first responders to emergencies. He said their job should be to fight fires."
Again: WOW!!! If this is the type of leadership you want to lead your community, then shame on you if you vote for him. If you want to take a chance of waiting 10-15 minutes for any type of emergency medical care, then have at it.
I guess the income brought in by the fire department transporting is not counted anywhere, so it can be wiped out and never talked about again. So, no problem there. And, I guess Monroe would have no problem being on the second fire department in Monroe County that is not a first responder, much less being Advanced life services. So, take your pick: 3 minute response for an ambulance (according to Clem Hess Vice President of city firefighters union), or 10-15 minute wait for one from who knows where, with no other help at all.