Palm Beach Gardens has one of the finest emergency medical services in the country, and as the former mayor and current vice mayor of this city, I am offended that one of our residents has made disparaging remarks against our internationally accredited fire-rescue department.
Our fire department is one of only 20 in Florida to have that distinction.
A Mirabella resident was quoted in The Post on April 17 as crediting our fire-rescue service for saving her son and her husband’s lives in two separate incidents in the last year and a half. Yet in the same article, she casts a cloud over our emergency medical services department.
Our fire-rescue department is undergoing a staffing study to determine if any changes are warranted in our personnel levels. When that study is complete, and if it shows we need more personnel in Station 64, we will budget for the increased spending and hire more personnel.
In the meantime, I want the public to know that no one’s lives have ever or will ever be compromised in our city.
My life was saved 27 years ago by paramedics, and I have a firsthand appreciation of the work they do.
ERIC JABLIN, PALM BEACH GARDENS