GUARDIAN reader “Clancy” provided the photo above for what he said was a recent medical call on Americana. He calls the response–two police cars, an EMS supervisor, an ambulance, and a 100 foot aerial ladder–ABSURD.
He is correct and the GUARDIAN has met with new fire chief Dennis Doan to discuss a more reasonable approach. We have suggested a reallocation of fire personnel and some sort of fire department “medical cars” to prevent sending half million dollar rigs designed to fight fire tearing all over town.
The reason the ladder responded on this call was because the normal response vehicle–#5 engine–was probably already out on another medical call. Our plan would require some additional firefighters, but it would be much more efficient use of staff and equipment in the long run.
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