ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Rockford fire union has voted and a compromise has been reached within the city. What that means for us is possibly faster response time when we are victims of an accident or other emergency.
The union approved a plan that would add to the ambulance fleet total from five to seven. One new ambulance is made ready right away and the other will be up and running in July. Even though the department gains ambulances, they don’t gain any more employees. However, Union President Brad Walker says neither side would call the plan perfect, but that’s how compromises are made.
“Right now the Rockford Fire ambulances are top of the state, maybe top of the country for how many runs they go on. Over 4,000 for a couple of our ambulances. So that number will be reduced now that there will be less wear and tear on the apparatus and less wear and tear on the personnel too. They’ll go on a little bit less calls every day on the ambulance,” said Walker.
As for the union’s pending fire contract, an arbitrator is expected to rule on the dueling proposals by October.