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St. Pete to Pinellas: Back off on EMS changes



ST. PETERSBURG-- The City Council passed a resolution today against a series of countywide proposed emergency medical service changes.

Mayor Rick Baker's staff said St. Petersburg could lose at least 12 firefighters and paramedics if the changes were approved. The city could also lose about $2-million in public safety dollars.

"I see absolutely no benefits to the cities," said council member Karl Nurse of the county's proposal.

Council member Leslie Curran described the changes as a power play. "I am really, quite frankly, tired of them telling us how to run our cities," she said.

-- Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:46am]


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