Ely Slade 
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Re: “Firefighters eye taking over emergency ambulance service

Katy Lynn Davis,

"In fact, the Colorado Springs Fire Department arrives first at scenes with advanced life support for five out of six calls, records show, with the citys ambulance contractor, American Medical Response (AMR), arriving first the rest of the time."

If you got rid of the fire paramedics, then the fire emts would be waiting for the non fire paramedic on serious medical emergencies, correct? I think having fire paramedics on scene first 80 - 85% of the time would be more important than trying to save money by getting rid of the fire paramedic position.

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Posted by Ely Slade on 03/29/2019 at 12:09 AM

Re: “What's true and what's false about claims on firefighters' Issue 1?

I think response times are longer because when you call 911 your neighborhood fire truck is more likely to be out on another emergency. Then you have to wait for a fire truck from farther away.

2008 the fire department had about 45,000 emergencies, and they had 453 fire fighters.

2018 the fire department had about 70,000 emergencies, and they have 444 fire fighters.

Like retired Chief Navarro said, they are doing WAY more with less!

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Posted by Ely Slade on 03/20/2019 at 8:10 AM

Re: “What's true and what's false about claims on firefighters' Issue 1?

"The firefighters union has repeatedly said that their relationship with current elected officials isn't a problem. They're claiming that they just want to protect themselves in case future administrations aren't as accommodating. In other words, they don't really need to push collective bargaining because they're already getting what they need, which begs the question...what are they going to push for if voters give them the ability to make bigger and more expensive demands? Who foots the bill? Where does that additional funding come from?"

gazette spin + Koch Brothers Fear = NUNYABIZ

NUNYABIZ, why are you afraid, or unwilling to hold the city mayor accountable? Are you a developer relying on reallocated tax payer dollars?

9 fire trucks several years beyond the cities scheduled replacement dates!

Fire trucks break down on fires 6 times in 2018!

Slowest 911 response times in 10 years!

Less fire fighters today than in 2008!

More forced overtime now than in any other time in Colorado Springs history!


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Posted by Ely Slade on 03/15/2019 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Firefighters want a voice, not “special treatment”

Fire response times are increasing, meaning getting worse. They are at a 10 year high because of too many alarms and not enough resources.

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Posted by Ely Slade on 03/06/2019 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Politics, politics, and more politics from this week's inbox

Gayle either you are being fooled by the mayor, or you are one of his cronies. Keep in mind the fire chief is an "at will" employee appointed directly by the mayor. The fire chief can not be an advocate for the fire employees that serve us.


My guess is the city deliberately buried this wording at the bottom, knowing you wouldn't read that far into it.

Posted by Ely Slade on 03/06/2019 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Firefighters want a voice, not “special treatment”

There is a difference between a seat at the table that can and is being ignored, versus a contract that both sides agree upon, and are obligated to follow.

The news media has been covering it heavily with facts and statistics for several months.

23 year old fire trucks are evidence of the fire department needs being ignored for 6 years.

Fire department response times have been declining, and are at a 10 year low because the fire department needs are needs are being ignored.

Voluntary and mandated overtime are at an all time high because the needs of the fire department are being ignored.

One of the articles mentioned there are less fire fighters now than they had in 2008, even though our population, and 911 emergencies have increased dramatically. This is evident by the mandated overtime.

It seems like many of these problems can be traced back to the implementation of the strong mayor system. Maybe too much power in the hands of the mayor, so even concerned council members can't make it right.

Voting Yes on issue 1 will ensure our emergency services are protected regardless who is in charge, or what type of government management we have.

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Posted by Ely Slade on 03/06/2019 at 4:50 PM

Re: “City campaign roundup: Political ads hit TV airwaves

Vote Yes on issue 1. While this is needed for the Fire Department, I think it is even more important for our protection. We as citizens pay taxes for, and deserve a fire department that can actually provide effective services. I realize the mayor has his special interest groups, but he is supposed to be serving the citizens, not private companies.

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Posted by Ely Slade on 03/05/2019 at 6:38 PM

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