Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fire Station #2 Closure

How many problems will be posed by combining the dispatch duties of the police and fire departments? Will the police department dispatcher be familiar with the fire equipment and be able to direct response to a fire emergency? Will this require special training?

5 comments:

Mark F. Craig said...

It is not Council's job to micromanage the budget. It is Council's job to set the direction and goals. The administration prepares the budget for Council's approval. I have given the administration my guidance regarding where we need to emphasize spending. The residents have come out personally and told Council and the administration. If the full Council and the administration choose not to listen, they will be responsible for the consequences.

Ladalang said...

Well let's hope the learning curve is quick and the individual is smart. What a sad state of affairs that we have come to that. It will be difficult to switch gears to handle both departments. I would not want to be that dispatcher. Mistakes in that line of work are costly. I'm going to guess they will go through a few people. Wouldn't it just be easier to trim the fat of the mayor's office?

Mark F. Craig said...

This announcement will be made at Wednesday's Safety/Environment/Utilities Committee meeting. It will not be discussed tonight.

topgun said...

I dont think it will make any impact. The fire dept wants more, then get the 1 off his butt and back on the street. I think thats a good place to start.

The idea makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Alot of other cities combine the dispatching duties. It is not that hard of operation. Maybe take some lessons from others. The man in the watch room should be on a truck to better serve the public.