Amid a continuing crisis over ambulance response times in the city, San Francisco firefighters unions are telling Mayor Ed Lee they want him to fire SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White.
In a letter signed by the heads of eight firefighter employee organizations and given to the mayor Wednesday, the unions say the Fire Department is "failing to provide timely emergency medical response on a daily basis" and blames "the direction and leadership of the current administration."
"We’re just frustrated because all these crises that we’re facing were all foreseen crises. We knew we need more ambulances, we knew we needed more paramedics, we know we need better fire engines, we know we can do better," Tom O'Connor, president of San Francisco Firefighters Union Local 798, told reporters after an hourlong meeting with the mayor.
Supervisor London Breed, a former fire commissioner, said she is also alarmed by the poor ambulance response times and is drafting a ballot measure to address the department's emergency medical services.
In an op-ed piece published on SFGate Wednesday, Breed reiterated a "no confidence" declaration she made last week.