There is established within the government of The City of Springfield a Fire Division. The Fire Division shall protect the lives and property of the people in case of fire and shall perform emergency medical and/or rescue services in The City of Springfield, and shall be the sole and exclusive, publicly-funded enterprise providing these services.
   The said Fire Division shall consist of:
   1.   No fewer than 127 firemedics and/or firemedics/paramedics, including a Fire Chief of the Fire Division;
   2.   In addition to the above described 127 firemedics and/or firemedics/paramedics, such additional officers and employees as are established by ordinance and law.
   Each firemedic and/or firemedic/paramedic in the Fire Division shall be a paid, full-time employee of the city of Springfield who is assigned to that position for no fewer than forty (40) hours per week who is pursuing or who has successfully completed a firefighter training program approved and established pursuant to Ohio law.
   The City Manager shall fill firemedic and/or firemedic/paramedic vacancies no later than twenty-one (21) days after a vacancy in said position occurs.
   The foregoing provision shall become effective and a part of the Charter of The City of Springfield on the thirtieth (30th) day after approval by a majority of the electors voting thereon.
(Amended 11-6-90, Ord. No. 90-473, Yeas 11,810; Nays 6,108.)