Caldwell downgrades heros

2 Oct

Usually when a political ad pops up on TV, we tune out.

Same stuff every time, just painted a different color.

Kirk Caldwell’s running There’s a TV ad for his mayoral campaign that set off alarms in our brain.

The subject is public safety.

“I’m putting public safety first.”

Good man.

“I’m going to make sure the police, the firefighters, the ambulance drivers get the resources and the training they need in order to continue to make us the safest big city in America.”

Whoa, Kirk.
Come here a minute.

Really…”Ambulance drivers”?

You realize you insulted a whole lot of people who are highly trained to save lives by tagging them an “ambulance driver”?

That term is 50 years old and denigrates these dedicated people.

From your own City EMS website:

All ambulance units are designated as advanced life support (ALS) units, meaning they are staffed by at least two people: Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are trained in basic life support.  Mobile Intensive Care Technicians (MICT) are trained and authorized to perform advanced life support and invasive medical techniques.

It’s embarrassing enough that you actually said that in public, but then you let it be included in a political ad.

They save lives, frequently at the risk of their own.

You’re a nice guy – maybe a note of apology to these heroes is called for.
What do you think?

Correction: Kirk Caldwell’s campaign is not sponsoring this ad. It was produced and paid for by a PAC without his involvement or authorization.
Still, he said it and an apology is due.

2 Responses to “Caldwell downgrades heros”

  1. Anonymous October 3, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Cayetano wants to give EMS back to the State!

    • Honolulu Notes October 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      Never happen.

      In fact, the City is continuing to explore merging the ambulances and the fire department. That would be a good thing if you think about it.

      As usual, the unions are slowing things up.

      Honolulu Note

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