Your preaching to the choir.
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I have to say I'm shocked and disappointed in most of the people commenting on this thread. We just recently moved down here and if this is how you treat emergency personnel I don't want to know how you treat the other people around you. I'm glad I'm not friends or related to any of you that are saying awful things.
Two people were hurt in this accident and that is where the comments should be focused, sending thoughts and prayers to them and those affected by the fire that they were responding to.
Shame on all of you that have NO FACTS nor any idea of how the driver drives or what kind of person he is. You just use your internet muscles to run your mouth and make assumptions based on NOTHING!
I hope you make up the minority of people in this area and that we made a good decision bringing our kids to this area. I know they have to experience all walks of life to make it in the real world but this isn't the first post I've seen nonsense like this in recent months.
Prayers to all of those affected by this accident and fire and prayers to those that need a conscience check.
There is plenty of facts, how about the fact that the water truck is upside down after driving through a curve in the road, I don't care what tire lost its tread it will not cause a truck to go off road and roll over unless the truck was traveling at excessive speed.
And we all know that a huge portion of the fine volunteers drive there own and county equipment way to fast for no other reason than to get to the " Call " 27 seconds faster.
How much damage happened because this water truck never arrived at the " Call " ?
The Southern County's should have gone to a paid fire department decades ago and put this driving with " Your Hair on Fire " to sleep forever.
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Are you ready for the increase in your taxes to support a career (paid) fire department. Here are a few statistics for you. The average firefighter in Maryland makes about $50,000.00 in salary per year. To have a career fire department there are minimum standards for manning the fire apparatus. Staffing would be 4 firefighters per shift per station minimum. When I say minimum, that is for 1 piece of apparatus, either an engine (pumper), ladder truck or a rescue squad (not an ambulance). Some stations would need more than 4 firefighters since they have additional apparatus that is required on an incident but we will go with the minimum for now. You would need 4 shifts for proper coverage and to allow proper time off between shifts and to meet the FSLA work week requirements. So let's see where we are, 4 firefighters per station that's $200,000.00 per station per shift. 4 shifts per station would bring it to $800,000.00. Now with 6 fire stations in the county, that would bring the total in salaries to $4,800,000.00. We haven't figured in for benefits (medical, retirement contributions etc) Also there would be sick and vacation days involved where someone would be paid overtime for the coverage. This does not include salaries for the additional personnel assigned to ambulances or firefighters assigned to the ladder trucks or rescue squads. Each of the 6 departments either has a ladder truck or rescue squad so you can add that into your equation and your final costs well over 10 million dollars a year for salaries. Then you have to figure in the cost of maintenance for the apparatus.
Yes, they need to let off the gas. An extra 10mph around a turn or through an intersection won't get you to the fireground more than a couple of seconds faster.