EMS and Fire should merge now | Letter

The SJI Public Hospital District has suspended all efforts to integrate SJI EMS and District 3 Fire, citing the need to concentrate on handling the COVID 19 pandemic. This political rhetoric is disingenuous on the face of it when, in fact, it is the thoughtful work of the SJI EMS Chief and the District 3 Fire Chief who have done the most good for the public by independently working out a combined response model with EMS and Fire crews responding together to most EMS calls. The kudos awarded by Mr. Grout should be directed to the response crews and the Chiefs, not the PHD or their political supporters who have simply walked away from all integration efforts rather than talk to the parties involved. Shame on them.

Francis Smith

San Juan Island