SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night for a motion to include funds for two dual-role paramedics in the general budget for 2015-2016.
If included in an upcoming budget vote, the funds would staff two firefighter-paramedics for an ambulance at Station 30 in North Natomas.
Residents argued that Natomas, with 100,000 residents, has 20 percent of the city's population, but only a little more than seven percent of the city's fire protection services. The vote came after emotional testimony from more than two dozen residents and concerned citizens.
"I couldn't imagine, if you put yourself in my position that day, standing over a loved one, and you lose them because you don't have the proper response," said one unidentified resident who recalled waiting for firefighters to arrive when he had suffered a pair of gunshot wounds.