Pittsburgh EMS (Photo J.L. Martello)

Pittsburgh EMS (Photo J.L. Martello)

Time was, when you called an ambulance, the crew did little more than haul away the body. What we think of as modern ambulance and paramedic service was pioneered in Pittsburgh by African Americans, trained by doctors, who rode with the Freedom House ambulance service.

Now, with demand for Emergency Medical Services increasing in the city, flat staffing, and forced overtime costs adding $2.3 million to the budget in the first six months of the year, Mayor William Peduto and the Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics have reached agreements to increase hiring of new paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

“These improvements will mean better public safety services for residents, relief for over-worked EMS personnel and decreased City overtime spending,” said Peduto.

“I want to thank the paramedics union leadership for collaborating with us to make changes that are beneficial for all.”

Pittsburgh EMS (Photo J.L. Martello)

Pittsburgh EMS (Photo J.L. Martello)

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