It was Sioux Falls City Councilor Pat Starr. Why not just say his name?

Mike Huether’s administration decided to take the ‘passive agressive’ approach when throwing a fellow elected official under the bus;

Recent comments made to a local news organization regarding Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls emergency medical services (EMS) system are a disservice to the residents and visitors of our city. When it comes to medical emergencies, our community is in safe hands.

What were the comments and who made them? Your press release doesn’t mean anything unless you tell us these important details. Maybe Mike’s communication director needs to go to ‘Writing a Press Release 101’ class.

Oh, and it gets better;

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is exploring the potential to utilize paramedics, currently employed within their department, to be advanced life support responders during specialty incidents. Specialty incidents include events like water rescues, structural collapses, and SWAT responses. The addition of this response capability will have no impact on the City’s contract for surface ambulance service.

It will in fact have a HUGE impact. First off, we will be subsidizing our private for-profit ambulance service more AND we will finally be allowing 1st responders from our SFFD to perform advanced life support instead of waiting for a phantom ambulance to show up.

It’s time to move forward with a public ambulance service and stop the games.



16 comments ↓

#1 Canadian on 03.15.18 at 10:20 pm

Shame on the person who uttered this pathetic and untrue cheap shot. They should apologize immediately and cut out the theatrics as they are harmful.

#2 Thomas on 03.16.18 at 6:21 am

SWAT responses? That has been going on for years before Huether was mayor.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 03.16.18 at 8:30 am

I’m impressed that Starr is paying attention to EMS. Huether’s indirect comments are often an unintended compliment. Ambulance service is a sophisticated topic. As a citizen I’d like to feel SFFD first responders are well trained. Private ambulance can do transport care and may be more financially practical for the city.

#4 Bruce on 03.16.18 at 11:30 am

Canadian what are you saying?

#5 l3wis on 03.16.18 at 2:22 pm

I guess mayor meltdown went ballistic about Pat at the Metro Communications meeting the other day. Truth hurts I guess.

I’m starting to think more and more that the mayor is suffering from depression that he will soon be done and all this lashing out is a symptom.

#6 Peter "Mega" Pischke on 03.16.18 at 3:57 pm

Man that is lame, Pat is a great guy. Kind and honest.

We may not necessarily agree on policy, but he deserves to be treated better than this.

#7 My Mistake Mike on 03.16.18 at 3:58 pm

Mayor Meltdown. LMAO!!

MMM is a sociopath. This is just one more symptom.

#8 l3wis on 03.16.18 at 4:38 pm

Mayor Meltdown was his nickname given to him by the construction workers at the EC because he would come out there and chew people out.

#9 Not a Fan on 03.16.18 at 6:42 pm

This is a “PR” step that will have little or no impact on the public.

Did the SFFR clarify, will their paramedics be allowed to treat the public or just their members only?

And even if they can treat patients at those events, how many actual rescues and swat calls do they go on per year? 10 out of 10,000 calls?

It’s too bad this is being marketed as it will actually make a difference, but hopefully this does allow SFFR to get their foot in the door to provide more patient care.

I would definitely want my care being being overseen by someone whose first priority is patient care and not profits, so hopefully this pilot program continues and expands.

#10 The D@ily Spin on 03.16.18 at 8:10 pm

Thankyou those who stood up for Mr. Starr. He represents us and (hopefully) will not be affected by the new mayor and councilors. He hasn’t fallen in to alignment with a developer like Neitzert.

#11 The D@ily Spin on 03.16.18 at 8:28 pm

‘When there is something wrong, it is the responsibility of those who can take action to take action.’ Paraphrased from the Declaration of Independence.

#12 scott on 03.16.18 at 8:48 pm

do any of the current candidates for mayor have an opinion on this, other than “check my website for my platform”?

#13 l3wis on 03.16.18 at 9:30 pm

Brekke, Paulson are on record for supporting public ambulances. My educated guess is that probably Anderson, Weiland, DeBoer and Bardon support it.
Jolene said she was willing to study the issue and explore it.

#14 voter on 03.17.18 at 9:50 am

Jolene said she was willing to study the issue and explore it.

That is the problem with this candidate.

She’s running for mayor, she should already have studied the issue and be willing to state what her position is.

#15 Me on 03.17.18 at 10:27 am

Let’s be fair. Mikey and Patty are both guilty of having meltdowns.

#16 l3wis on 03.17.18 at 12:47 pm

Voter, to be fair to Jo, I asked her the question BEFORE the SFFD announced they were doing ALS training, so it really wasn’t on her radar, just something I have been spit balling for awhile. When Janet and John agreed to it, it was after the SFFD announced the ALS training.