Two firefighters to discuss EMS idea at Lealman meeting
Two firefighters who advocate changing the Pinellas emergency medical services system to allow fire transport are scheduled to speak at tonight's Lealman Community Association meeting.
The two, Lt. Scott Sanford of the Palm Harbor Fire Department and Capt. Jim Millican of the Lealman Fire Department, say their proposal will get patients to the hospital faster and save money. Their proposal comes at a time when the county is looking for ways to cut EMS expenses. County Administrator Bob LaSala has presented a proposal that alters the way the 18 fire departments that provide EMS service are funded. His plan involves financing fewer firefighter/paramedics and paying them the average of countywide firefighters rather than reimbursing the districts for the actual salaries and benefits. LaSala has rejected both the Sanford-Millican plan and an alternate fire transport plan by Rick Koda, a district chief in the Seminole Fire Department. The LCA meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars club, 4145 34th St. N. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call LCA president Ray Neri at (727) 527-5352.
Park will be site of community yard sale
The Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center will hold a community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lealman Park, 3898 55th Ave. N. All money raised benefits the center's programs. Anyone is welcome to purchase a table for $10 and bring items to sell for their own profit. For information, or to purchase a spot in the yard sale, call (727) 528-7891 or go to the Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center at 4255 56th Ave. N no later than today.