Charge the City of Providence $500.00 every time a surrounding community sends a rescue to the capitol city? How about we charge a twenty dollar co-pay to people who call 911 for a ride to the hospital instead.
Last week's highlights (my shift, Rescue 5, not the whole city, or even close)
-a nine year old who split his lip after tripping on some stairs
-a seventy year old female, in bed at two in the morning complaining of "tiredness."
-four or five MVA's with no visible damage, all occupants needing emergency transport to the ER to pad their case
-more intoxicated homeless people, at least twenty calls to take them to detox, some three times a day
This problem has been gaining momentum for years, and is at the breaking point. But who will break the cycle? Not me, I'm under orders to transport "any person who calls 911 for any reason." Not the people at City Hall, they want to keep everybody happy. Not the Union, it's not their job to babysit the public. Not the Chief. Not anybody.
Liability I'm told.
I've been squawking about this for years, nobody listens, or cares. And people keep on calling 911 for free rides with no parking fees, and the rumor that they will "get in faster."
And nobody stops them.