02/10/13 223 W - + 2 - 4 Morning Reading - February 10, 2013

Good morning Raleigh. Some sundry Sunday reading in lieu of any hot shots, historical features, or particular pontifications.

so what exactly is “consolidation”? Do these Stations become part of another county department? IE Swift Creek merges with Fairview? Or is the the response district for Raleigh/Cary expanded to cover what used to be a county response disctrict?
Joe - 02/11/13 - 17:42

I think the county should get more involved and have sop’s for all county responses and begin dispatching units in service rather than trucks that are not staffed. Anyone reading this comment shall do some research on PG county. Do they do everything correct heck no but at least you know you got staffed companies coming under a county guideline.
BanBam - 02/11/13 - 22:22

Thank you Mike. With response districts getting smaller for the county stations, tax bases decreasing and operating costs increasing, it seems like it would be difficult to keep the same level or greater level or response without making drastic changes to some stations. How does the county go about getting this information or conduction this study do determine what needs to be done? Is an audit conducted of every department? Is this information available to the general public? I am curious to see how this progresses.
Joe - 02/12/13 - 10:15

@BamBam…agree 100%.

I would think you would have to have a study performed by someone from the outside, who has experience with a system similar to PG or Montgomery County (MD), both who operate a combination system. You would have to see some relocation of resources/ firehouses/ personnel, and create procedures to ensure consistency.

I think it would be best for everyone to move forward and enhance the level of service provided. Do it so that NOBODY loses their job, and actually create a system in the county where career members have an opportunity to advance/ promote (Battalion Chiefs, Division Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs).

The map Mike posted a few weeks ago showing different cities and the county departments really brought to light, unfortunately, some of the firehouses which are completely surrounded by the CIty. I think we all know, someone who comes in from the outside, not having any ties to the area, would look at that map and ask “why are these firehouses still county owned/ manned”? The process goes deeper than that, obviously. I’m sure the City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, and a few others would be asked to take in some territory, which may require getting into tankers, pumper-tankers, etc. Who knows….but for the county to possibly move forward with this, the next Director may indeed have to be from the outside.

Mike, is it possible to post that map again, with an outline of the County, but only showing areas served by County departments, maybe just blacking out the municipalities to really show the true county territory?
Silver - 02/12/13 - 20:47

Tried to use that iMap, I need to take a training class for that one.
Silver - 02/12/13 - 22:35

Another map or maps that would be interesting to look at would be one of Heavy Reascue/Squad locations and one of Ladder truck location across the county including all cities and county…. just to see who has what and where they are grouped in the county…
Jim K - 02/13/13 - 19:29

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