Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl issued this statement on the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) staffing reconfiguration plan (Daily News). Rosendahl’s remarks follow a letter he sent to LAFD Chief Brian Cummings on April 19 to express concern over the Chief’s plan that adds an ambulance to fire stations while at the same time reduces staff levels.
I wish I could be standing with Los Angeles firefighters and first responders today. As City leaders, one of our most important responsibilities and duties is to make sure our police officers and firefighters have everything they need to respond to emergencies.
Last week I wrote a letter to the chief telling him that while I respect the need to increase the number of ambulances, the firefighters at Fire Station 63 and other stations can’t afford to have one less firefighter on their engines.
We can and must do more to fully fund the fire department, so firefighters like the men and women at Station 63 have everything they need to keep us safe.
We have to do everything we can to find money in the budget to backfill those cuts from previous years so our first responders have enough people, the best equipment, and the newest technology.