PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Paramedics have responded to the city’s proposed rescue work changes.

In a statement released by city paramedics responding to the latest impasse with the city, union president Anthony Weinmann says the foremost concern of the paramedics is that “the rescue work must be medically directed by the paramedic professionals, not by Fire Bureau members with minimal medical training.”

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has proposed shifting some rescue work to the fire bureau.

Weinmann told KDKA’s Harold Hayes the issue is a big factor in the delay of negotiations with the city.

Last week paramedics voted down a contract proposal by a vote of 134-9.

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