Here is a more detailed story about LB looking to go to an all BLS ambulance model, while upgrading all their 16 engines to Paramedic assessment.
They figure medical air response times could actually improve as instead of being able to handle 8 concurrent paramedic calls, the capacity would rise to 11 with revised unit staffing.
Also such a move could save $1mil of the fire department budget in the coming year.
The firefighters union opposes the change stating patient care would be compromised.
The department also expect that by September it will have identified which one of its 17 current engine companies that will be taken out of service permanently.
Long Beach Fire Department considers single paramedic response system - ContraCostaTimes.com