In a letter to Ada Commish chair Fred Tilman ( with the Commish’s name spelled incorrectly), Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said he and the council have put their plans to get an ambulance transport license on “hold.”
They cryptically refer to the GUARDIAN revelations (and subsequent legacy media coverage) over the past three weeks as “significant attention ” and claim the attention does not paint a complete picture.
Nonetheless, Bieter wrote, “The City Council and I have directed that internal City of Boise department activities associated with these issues be placed on hold until the larger policy questions can be considered through an open and dynamic process.” Which begs the question: WHY DIDN”T THE CITY DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE?
He went on to ask for cooperation and support of the commishes and listed topics that need discussing including, “scene management, cost sharing, quality processes, written orders, training etc.
Meanwhile, that ordinance with the language giving the fire chief authority over medical transport has been pulled off the agenda and will not become law at this time.
In summary, even though Team Dave and the councilors refused to attend our town hall meeting or acknowledge the efforts of the GUARDIAN to shed light on the process, the ill advised push to purchase an ambulance and duplicate the services of the Ada County EMS is in OUT OF SERVICE for the time being.
Looks like it is time for a citizen commission for the fire department just like we have for parks, airport, zoning, library, etc. All these issues would have been vetted by citizens in a public forum with no need for the GUARDIAN to rent space for a town hall meeting.
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