A social network has been formed to unite local residents and statewide EMS, fire companies and police supporters of the Maryland MEDEVAC helicopter medical evacuation program and the state Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS). The group is coming together to protect MEDEVAC and MIEMSS against Delegate Michael Smigiel (Mike Smigiel) who this year tried to destroy the system through privatization. That would have thrown a lot of EMS people, pilots, nurses, etc. out of their state jobs and dismantled the statewide system that provides training and equipment grants to local volunteer fire companies. Smigiel would have turned the system over to private, profit-making businesses! He didn't win in 2009 but expect he'll be back again in 2010 to try again!
Smigiel is expected to stand for election again in 2010 and a lot of people, not just the EMS and fire communities, are starting to work together to put an end to his political career-- just like he tried to put an end to the careers of public employees and volunteer responders. You can join the group here: