by Nick Delgado
Guam - We've got another warning for you: be prepared to wait in the event you call 911. The count remains at three in terms of the amount of ambulances the Guam Fire Department has up and running to service the island's entire population. Two of the senators who have been critical of the Camacho Administration's response to get these medics repaired and on the road are sounding-off.
Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz said, "It's gotten to the point where, to tell you the truth, I'm actually counting down the days until the end of this administration because the governor has not seen fit to fire (Dave) Peredo when he really should of for the inefficient and incompetent way that the department's has being handled."
"It is really a problem," added Senator Ray Tenorio. "It's been a problem for months and really public safety and healthcare, as well as education are the three top priorities of the people of Guam. And I think it's a real bad testament to the condition of the healthcare system."
Just a few months ago legislation was passed and signed into law providing the funding for Guam Fire to repair medics. Likewise, the Guam Police Department was supposed to start implementing its fee schedule for ambulance services, but that hasn't occurred yet either. The three medics running today are stationed in Agat, Inarajan and Barrigada.