It wasn’t that long ago, maybe 10 years?
I was so shocked when I learned that neighbors were VOLUNTEERING to answer 911 calls. Unreal. Eventually they were offered $20 or so for a 10 or 12 hour shift.
I just thought of that as I was thinking about the fire department and how much money is wasted.
And I’d really like to know what the Meadview fire fighters / EMTs do all day and all night.
I could see paying several people to keep the doors open during the day (split the shifts). But 24/7?
And what is ONE guy going to do by himself if there is an emergency? How does he transport someone into the ambulance by himself? [Update 8/24/15: apparently there is no ambulance, so we don’t have to worry about that. We just wait an hour or two for the ambulance to get up here from who knows where.] How does he drive the fire truck and the water truck?
Fire departments in rural areas all over the world are staffed by volunteers. They don’t all sit at their fire stations, waiting for calls that never happen, but they have people on call. And the calls can be answered just like 911 calls in Meadview a few years ago — by volunteers in their homes.
Meadview should have at least 4 people on call, pay an hourly rate for time actually working and you could do that for LESS money than currently spent on only 1 person.
I’m not that worried about fires, but we could have a major car accident any time, with multiple injured people, maybe even trapped, and I can’t see how ONE person is going to handle that.