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report print email Source: Editorial: Breaking: Fire call leads to evacuation of 400 guests at Grand Geneva
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July 27, 2011 | 06:45 AM

First off, your response to this article was very difficult to read, but I'll take a shot.

1. It's not about making an extra buck. It's far better to get help coming right away rather than to wait until the point where you realize you should've called them sooner. Not to mention, the size of Grand Geneva alone warrants bringing in extra manpower to find, and hopefully resolve, a problem before it becomes a much larger one. If we don't do things this way, then you'll be on here complaining that we lost the property to fire and don't know what we're doing.

2. I'm not even going to address your calls vs. trucks vs. need comment... you clearly don't know anything about being a firefighter. If you want to know more about this, go down and talk to your local fire chief.

3. Pad the number of calls for budget time... hmmm. Most fire departments in the country have been dealing with shrinking budgets. Many are to the point where staffing levels alone don't allow the guys to go into a burning home until more manpower shows up. But again, then you'll be on here complaining that the fire department doesn't know what they're doing, and how you could have done so much better. God forbid if someone is trapped in the house and the fire department doesn't have enough people to go in safely, you'd be saying how they should've called for help sooner. Then there's the equipment. Trucks/pumps/ladders/protective clothing/air packs... they all wear out to the point where they can no longer do their intended job, or are unreliable. Nobody want's to lose to a fire, but when you lose because of an equipment failure, it stings that much more.

4. Wine and cheese and crackers? Funny, I don't remember seeing this happen. But, since you were there, you must be correct. There was no "freelancing". The departments that showed up to this call did so because they were part of the corresponding MABAS card, and were called to show up.

5. False alarms, and calls that don't end up requiring our resources don't "break up the week" for us. They take us away from being to help the true emergency call that comes in. However, the Lyons chief absolutely made the right call in this case. If there was a full on fire, imagine how big it could've gotten before more help arrived. Why put more people at risk like that, especially when the outside temperature is already extremely hot? We all tend to enjoy our job, but not many people want to go fight a fire when it's over 90-degrees out and humid.

Maybe do some homework next time before you come on here and rip everyone apart. Your ignorance on this matter shows up loud and clear.

Someone who knows
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