A great way for local agencies to save big bucks
Original post made by Peter Carpenter on May 22, 2010
Why have 13+ Fire Chiefs, 13+ Training Chiefs, multiple and poorly equipped training facilities, multiple vehicle maintenance facilities, multiple human resources and purchasing facilities? Why have ambulances operated by a private company when the first people on the scene are always highly trained and skilled paramedic firefighters - who are prohibited by the County from providing ambulance service?
Years ago the fire agencies in San Mateo County consolidated their dispatch functions and the result was better service at a lower cost.
Now is the time to consolidate all of the other fire service functions.
Orange County, Sac Metro and the City and County of San Francisco all have consolidated fire departments and they all operate superb ambulance systems. There is no need to reinvent this organizational model - learn from it and build on it.
Sometimes difficult change can only occur when there is a crisis - well folks, we have a crisis so let's make this very important change.
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