NFPA Reports State-by-State Findings Of Fire Department Needs And Response Capabiliti
Has anyone read the ARTICLE on the front page and/or looked at the results for their state? What's your thoughts? Do you know if your FD submitted a completed survey?
They say it was sent to 26,000+ Fire Departments and they were happy about receiving 12,000+ completed surveys.......
Not A Valid Survey To Me..............
I looked up Maryland's Numbers, and nothing makes sense. The numbers don't even come close. 3 Departments were usually listed in the Over 500,000 Population group, as being all Career. Baltimore City is the only one I know of, and I'm very familiar with Maryland's Fire Service. All 23 Counties have Volunteers, with at least 10 of them having No Career people at all. And the list goes on.........
Did we really need a survey?
I have read the report and did not find anything new. Any department that cannot respond the equivalant of two engines, a ladder and a chief with 13 people to a structure fire is in bad shape. That being said, there are many departments in "bad shape".
I know, they do the best they can under the circumstances but that still doesn't make it right. Career or volunteer/paid on call does not seem to be a factor except in the very large and very small departments. There are career departments running two person crews and volunteer departments that will turn out 20.
Perhaps, and it's only a perhaps, we can use this survey to get the message out that we need people, equipment and training regardless of department size or type of organization.
At some point we must stop being the step child of the mutts.