Your letters for Oct. 2

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Peter Mannistu, Calgary

Don’t trifle with safety for the sake of savings

Re: Transfer of Calgary’s EMS to AHS is the right thing to do; Integrated dispatch works better, Opinion, Sept. 30

Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro writes: “AHS … system works well: it saves millions of dollars a year.” Is that what this is all about – saving dollars? What about saving pain and lives and giving community care within the Calgary community? How can disposing of an excellent Calgary service save millions of dollars? Where are the figures?

How can Minister Shandro ignore the decisions of four mayors who reflect the opinions and wishes of their taxpayers?

My husband and I have called 911 in Calgary on behalf of neighbours and ourselves several times. We always received prompt, courteous and efficient service from fire officers and paramedics alike. In March, I fell at home, fracturing one hip bone. EMS arrived immediately. I doubt if an ambulance request to 911 which is re-routed to AHS could have been here as quickly as the one direct from Calgary Dispatch Centre.

K. Ann Hambridge, Calgary

Severing relationship will complicate matters

As a child of a 9-1-1 dispatcher, I am concerned about what will happen to my mother’s job if EMS dispatch is moved to another location with AHS. If EMS is moved, there would many complications involved, as well as jobs would be conflicted and the entire system would have to be switched and re-wired, as well as training for new jobs at the call centers.

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