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Fire-EMS merger to begin February 11

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19 Action News has learned a merger of Cleveland firefighters and ambulance crews will begin February 11.

City Hall believes the merger will increase response times especially for medical calls without sacrificing response to fires.

However, the firefighters union questions the plan.  One argument:  two busy rescue squads will be taken out of service as the city moves around firefighters, paramedics and equipment.

City Hall argues it recently hired more paramedics, so it can put more ambulances on the streets.

In recent years, the City says the number of medical calls has soared while the number of structure fires has dropped.

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