All disasters start locally. If you get the management basics right on the small events, that will make the big events easier to handle.
Having a well-organized and efficient tiered EMS system will reduce the time spent by crews at an incident scene and allows faster definitive care.
Each community will reach a point when it must hire paid personnel. Providing valid data from volunteer organizations to support this need is key.
Volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) services are expected to be free or nearly free in many communities.
Incident command vehicles: The overall resources of an organization and its standard operating procedures commonly dictate a vehicle’s design.
Disaster funds: We must find a new way of combating repeated losses that drain funds and cost taxpayers unsustainable amounts.
Terror events: We should take advantage of globalization and look beyond our national borders to learn from first responder services in other countries.
Take some of your vacation time to observe local safety precautions and gain new ideas about increasing community safety from wherever you visit.
While it may seem that all we need to do is map out the station location and measure the percentage of the city that the station 4 and 8 minute zones would cover, there are many more issues that are intertwined with the number and location of stations. Some of the issues that are intertwined are budget, staffing, apparatus, and hazard analysis.