Well the papers are finally noticing something I've been saying for 3 years.
Would YOU want to go into something like this without the number of people that are needed?
I KNOW people have died because of the cuts, but can I prove it?
This is how the 'conversation' would go:
Me: I know this person died because of the cuts.
TL: Can you prove that this person would've survived without the cuts?
Me: You know that's not possible.
TL: Too bad now go away while I think of a way to pay my buddy $300 an hour again.
Another sticking point to this call is that for a 'brush fire', we respond 'priority two'. No lights or siren. Take note of that (I'm not saying that it's a bad thing, just take note of it).
With Engine 2 coming from Hollenback station that means an even LONGER response time. Now if we had correct manning, we would've had an Engine on scene sooner and the call would've been changed to a structure fire MUCH sooner, reducing the amount of damage to the house.
Most people in this city DON'T live in Barney Farms, where the homes are MUCH further apart than the rest of the city. And most people don't realize that the 500 gallons of water that our Engines carry is only about 4 minutes of water! We NEED that hydrant most of the time! And that means we NEED manpower!
Dan Emplit WBFD
AKA Don Quixote