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Firefighters’ Union President Vows To Fight Paramedics Transfers

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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)KYW Newsradio has learned mass transfers of Philadelphia Fire Department Paramedics are currently scheduled to take effect in January. But, the president of the Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union vows to fight it and has filed a grievance to stop it.

Local 22 President Bill Gault says these mass transfers are going to cause chaos.

“It’s a mass disruption of their lives that serves no purpose. This could all be taken care of with the normal transfer policy.”

Deputy Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Ernest Hargett says this transfer occurred as a result of a lawsuit filed by the medics in 2009. That resulted in shift changes.

“They had to go from a rotating schedule to permanent days or permanent nights. And some people were put on permanent nights without desiring to be there.”

Gault says these transfers are splitting partners and putting medics in parts of the city they are unfamiliar with.

“Common sense tells you response times are going to go up because they have to find these places, they have to develop a rapport and a relationship.”

Hargett disagrees, “We thought it was good employee development to allow people to move around and work in different parts of the city.”

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