As a taxpayer, and a 23-year veteran of the fire service, I'm always glad to see the local fire units out and about, and happy to do the same where I work.
Any time you leave the station in a fire apparatus, you are training. Do you think it’s easy driving a 30-foot to 60-foot piece of equipment around city streets?
Now try it at night, or in the rain, or with lights and sirens on and half the people don’t know how to react. Now try it on your third call after midnight, and you’ve gone from a deep sleep to driving an emergency vehicle in one or two minutes.
You can only do this shift after shift if you’ve put in as much time as possible while driving in ideal conditions.
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Responding to an emergency call is one of the most dangerous activities we do, so give us a break.
All fire departments in this area are understaffed, and they respond to situations that most could not even imagine, and they provide excellent service when they get there. Most of us will never have to dial 9-1-1, but if you do, expect us to get there safely, and do our best to fix whatever your problem is.