What Firefighters Do

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You people clearly do not understand what a fire department does. True, fire's are on a decrease, but they still happen and that is why you need the staffing. Fire's are not the only calls we go on. Medical calls are a huge percent of the runs. The reason engines respond with the ambulance is you never know what the call is truely about. I have been on so many calls where it comes out as a simple medical, and turns out to be a CPR, or an unresponsive patient. Plus, lets face it, people are not getting lighter these days. Engines also provide scene protection from people not paying attention while driving. Fire departments also respond to animal rescues, haz-mat calls, motor vehicle crashes, tech rescues, the list can go on. Instead of cutting down the career departments, you should be helping them and going to your cities and demanding more staffing. Think about this, what if it was YOU that need us, or a loved one? Would you not rather know that there is enough people at the fire station to help you then wonder if anyone will show up?

We pay fire fighters very well to FIGHT FIRES! Not to follow the ambulance to the residence where the women cut her finger. The system needs a overhaul. Reduce the high paid fire fighter numbers and have them focus on mostly fires. If there is not enough fires lay them off and go with a volunteer department. Its simple math. Dollars invested to benefits. We the tax payer can see it. Municipalities see it. Budgets are too tight to pay fire fighters to continually prepare and train for the fires that hardly ever occurs

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Mr. Concerned. We made it for decades on volunteer departments. We will be just fine. FIGHT A FIRE SIR!

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Ok, I will agree with the statement that SOME of the time there is not a need for people to respond in an engine. Although going with a volunteer department won't solve it. We need full time staffing at departments. This is needed because when the fire DOES happen, then we have people to respond quickly and effectively (hence all the training). Volunteer departments have a delayed response/inefficient response (because we have to have a minimum staffing to go on the fire call). Although most of the time if it is a call, people will come and we can roll. But say it was in the middle of the day, while everyone is at work, you are up a creek without a paddle. Hence the need for the full time staffing.

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