Comment 79776

By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted August 14, 2012 at 15:12:49

The graph is certainly shocking, but my intention is not for it to be misleading. Again 4 of the 6 apparatus are normally manned by volunteers. But to my mind there is still an overflow of resources out there. By stripping the city of multiple hall trucks to cover shortages created by the volunteer problem, you effectively create "gaps" in the city. This is because the busier trucks from the inner city are on calls with greater frequency. Thus leaving their first response areas to be covered by trucks from farther away..... more often. It has negative effects on response time, getting appropriate numbers of personnel on scene in a timely fashion etc etc on down the line. Bottom line it points a big flashing arrow at the fact the Hamilton Fire is understaffed.

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