Laura Schrettner Corriveau: Privatization no good

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I recently read the Steamboat Springs City Council minutes and recommendation from the ICMA consulting services. Privatization of services? Volunteer staffing? Are you out of your mind? I work with these fantastic women and men every day, and they are not only dedicated to their jobs, they are dedicated to the community. They live in our community, pay taxes here, raise their children, volunteer with Routt County Search and Rescue, are ski patrollers and much more! They are not from an outside agency whose staff members come in, works their shift and head back home.

Face it, not many people can afford to live in Steamboat on the salary of just an EMT or paramedic. There is no guarantee that a private agency will actually require its staff to live here. The city could not afford to pay this agency if that was the requirement. Our firefighters are cross-trained as EMTs, so why would we take that away from them and pay a separate agency to do this?

Volunteers are great! I have been a volunteer EMT myself. However, the job that pays my bills, puts food on my table and clothes on my back takes my first priority. Finding volunteers who can make fire/EMS a priority are few and far between. They are not going to like the fact of no compensation for doing the same job as someone who is compensated. (Volunteers do not receive pay!) Then there is the huge issue of competence and training. Do you want someone arriving at your door who has not been on a call in six weeks versus someone who does this every day? These are skills that have to be used and kept current.

At one time, this agency did have volunteers, has the City Council researched the reason we no longer do? While they are looking at the budget numbers, look at the other services these men and women provide in our community as do their wives and families. How much will we really lose? Look at what we have, and then improve on it; don’t tear it apart! Personally, I do not think we can afford to lose these people or their skills, commitment and love for Steamboat.

Thank you, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, for all you do.

Laura Schrettner Corriveau

EMT, Hayden

Comments

Kat Kelly 2 years, 11 months ago

I concur completely, it seems all our City Council looks at is the $$$ and even though when they asked ALL city employees to take a 10% pay cut three years ago, and stated the employees would be the 1st on the list to be reinstated when things got better (sales tax numbers have been up more then down) this and other recent council decisions just continues to show that is not the case at all, our City Council members obviously have their own agenda and it does not seem to have any consideration for the need or wants of the community or its own city employees. Thank you EMT Corriveau for standing up for what right!

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livinginthetwilightzone 2 years, 11 months ago

Laura, so much of your letter is right on, however, I would like to point out that this is not a City Council motivated idea. This situation has been triggered by Wendy Dubord and being perpetuated by the new finance director, Deb Hinsvark. They have gotten the City Manager and only one member of City Council, Cari Hermancinski backing them. At the last City Council meeting, Wendy Dubord was the one who got up at the end of the meeting and had paperwork to privatize the amulance. Everyone was shocked by this and sparks started to fly. The study of the fire department that cost Steamboat taxpayers approximately $65,000 was also instigated by Wendy Dubord. You are so correct that the EMS and firefighters are under attack but these are people in the City that are so desperately trying to get rid of the them. Fortunately, council members, Sonya Macy, Kenny Reisman and Kevin Kaminski were questioning the study and seem to understand what's going on here. Hopefully the other 3 also understand. It's so surprising that our City Manager, who had to use the services of these hardworking individuals when he suffered life threatening injuries on our ski mountain doesn't support them.

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