SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Organizations representing rank-and-file firefighters in San Francisco are calling on the Mayor Ed Lee to replace Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White and get some new ideas in the department to deal with a crisis in public safety.
On Tuesday, Andrew Ross and I reported in our column that a coalition of rank and file organizations has sent a letter to Lee citing a “grave crisis in direction and leadership in the department.”READ MORE: UPDATE: Air Attack, Calming Winds Aid Firefighters Battling Wildfire Near Big Sur; Containment Grows To 25 Percent
Sources told me that the situation in the department reached a boiling point over the Labor Day weekend when the ongoing shortage of city ambulances had some firefighter units in the field waiting for more than an hour for an ambulance to transport their patients to hospitals.
They even had to resort to calling private ambulance operators to take up the slack.
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