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Demand answers about fire service

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I agree with the Wednesday letter regarding citizens of Everett paying a higher tax rate and receiving less EMS service. ("We passed levy to keep EMS levels.") As a citizen of Everett, a firefighter/paramedic and a member of Local No. 46 Everett Firefighters, I am equally appalled and ashamed at the cuts in service being made. I have dedicated my career to serving the citizens of Everett for the past 30 years by protecting lives and property.
The current fire department staffing model provides less than the citizens need and are ultimately paying for. I am disappointed the mayor and fire chief have chosen on their own to make these cutbacks which could have serious consequences and may indeed impact patient outcomes. Many citizens are unaware their service has been cut and are likely to find out at a very inconvenient moment, the very moment they have to call 911.
The letter writer stated he hates being lied to. I don't like being lied to either, and don't like paying for something I am not getting.
I suggest concerned citizens attend city council meetings or call a city council person and ask why or how this can happen.
Pete McFall

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