Cleveland firefighters to vote on merger package

CLEVELAND -- Wednesday and Thursday are important days in Mayor Frank Jackson's efforts to integrate the Cleveland Fire Department and EMS.

Firefighters will vote on a package dealing with new rules and compensation dealing with the comprehensive change.

The integration is part way along with administration of the two divisions now in the process of being combined.

Jackson's plan will enable a more efficient use of firefighters who are also paramedics, enabling them to drive ambulances.

Many cities have combined their ambulance and firefighting services.

Cleveland has had a double system, whereby both firefighters and paramedics were often dispatched to the same location.

The voting will take place at the Cleveland Fire Academy.


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