Let's consider a few truisms:
- It is the number of people on the first few arriving rigs that make the difference, not how many eventually get there.
- "Nice to have" rigs are just that, nice to have. Why do we see humongous rescue rigs flying down the street with two people on them on their way to a car fire? Two people is barely enough to take these rigs for an oil change, let a lone a structure fire. Put those people on the same Truck to split the company to cover every part of the fire building upon arrival.
- Regionalization is not just buzz ideology for mass transit and entertainment districts, it should be considered for public safety during these decimating economic times. Consolidate, we need to combine everything we have to meet the uncertainty that lies ahead both fiscally and operationally. Having everyone operate, train, look, and act the same is crucial if everyone is going to the same fires anyway. (now that's interoperability!)
- 50 Training Officers in 50 different organizations in one County that don't talk to each other is absurd. Imagine what 50 Training Officers in one Academy could produce and manage; save the predictable egoism obstacles.