While it was not my idea originally (thank you Nick Campion), I am pushing for an independent analysis of public safety staffing and strategy. In short it is hard to come up with the dollars for public safety; especially when we face the enormous unfunded liability in infrastructure which we do.
Here is why I think a public OR private ambulance service operating out of our FDs is better that just meeting increased demand with more fire staff.
Also Ambulances are less up front, less to operate,more nimble and can be staffed with 2 people. Fire trucks require 3-4 people to operate and are more expensive in every way, require wider (thus less safe) streets and beat up the streets more.
I am also working on a list of questions I am interested in being answered. I never got a response to the data questions I asked more than a year ago. So I am going to put them all in writing this time so it doesn’t get lost.
Here are some of the questions I am interested in getting answered.
Fire / EMT
- What are the local trends in total calls, medical calls, fire calls, false alarms, and calls requiring a 4-minute response?
- How much of the city is covered by a 4-minute response time? Why will fire not allow a coverage map to be shown to P&Z when the PD is open with that info?
- How many calls require a fire vehicle to respond?
- How often do 2 calls requiring a fire vehicle to respond overlap?
- How many calls are related to unsafe driving practices, especially speeding?
- What GPS based technology exists to ensure first response can be directed to the closes available vehicle as opposed to multiple vehicles racing to a single location?
- How does our per capita police (exclude dispatch) compare to other Midwest regional centers?
- How does our “per serious crime event” police staffing (exclude dispatch) compare to other Midwest regional centers?
- I have a couple of other questions on the “safety of our officers” that I will not ask in public. My greatest concern in staffing is available back up for the safety of our officers.