No to the FD tax! Mult Co response model is outdated and expensive. Fire Departemnts prop up their numbers to justify their existance by responding to ALL medical calls in addition to car wrecks, fires, and the cat up in the tree. We citizens don't need fire fighters on 90% of the calls that they respond to. We already get an ambulance with two trained paramedics. Unless the patient is on fire, people dont need them there. It is wasteful and redundant. Most fire stations in Mult Co can boast about over 50,000 calls per year! My question is, how many were they needed on. Answer, about 10%. The European Model of EMS does not do it this way. It is way more inexpensive to have an ambulance repsond to medical and leave the firefighters response to fires and care wrecks. We could probably get by with less than half the fire stations! Fire trucks have at least three to four guys on that million dollar rig, getting about five mpg repsonding to thousands of unnecesary calls / year. Waistful. All those firefighters are drawing on health insurance, pensions, and annual salaries of over $75K / year. We can do better as a community. I know some school districts and teachers that could shure use those waisted dollars.
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