Election 2018: Proposition 11 Would Require Paramedics to be On-Call During Breaks

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Ambulances pull out of a staging area near the Inland Regional Center where a shooting occurred earlier in the day on December 2, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

If passed, Proposition 11 would require private sector paramedics and EMTs to respond to calls even when they're on a meal or rest break. Proponents of the measure say it merely codifies existing practice. Opponents argue that emergency responders need breaks to mitigate stress and feel the private ambulance industry is using the ballot box to create labor law. Forum explains Proposition 11 and hears from it supporters and detractors.

KQED's Proposition Guide

Guests:

Jason Brollini, executive director, United EMS Workers, AFSCME Local 4911

April Dembosky, health reporter, KQED's The California Report

Carol Meyer, former director, Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency

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