Imagine this scenario: A family, stretched thin by the economy, decides to forgo paying the city’s $48 up-front medical fee for fire department paramedic service.
One day, the father has chest pain. “Don’t call 9-1-1” he says, “just drive me to the hospital. I don’t need a $300 dollar bill.” So off they go.
En route to the hospital, the father has a massive heart attack and dies.
This could have been prevented with early intervention that the Tracy Fire Department should provide Tracy’s citizens for free. Other cities, such as Palo Alto, charge for service (or a subscription), but that includes transport to the hospital with a city ambulance.
City manager, take notice. This will not work like it did where you came from. Not at all.
Provide a service that taxes pay for. Make sure that there is enough advanced life support fire crews to cover the residents of Tracy.
Time matters. The longer it takes to get there, the more people that will end up dying because of cuts to service.