The vast majority of those responding to an Argus-Courier online poll thought that the Petaluma Fire Department should share management duties with the Rancho Adobe Fire Department if it would save both departments money and allow Petaluma to apply for grants to replace its aging fire vehicles. About 79 percent thought this was a good idea, while 18.4 percent thought it was not. About 2.6 percent weren’t sure. Here were some of the comments.
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“The biggest problems with the PFD are a glut in the higher ranks, self-imposed overblown minimum staffing levels that cost the city close to $1 million per year and unrealistic pensions. Write about that, Argus.”
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“Unions will never allow this….just ask the Post Office.”
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“Win-win: productivity, efficiency, economy of scale.”
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“Yes. Petaluma Fire should also look at having their ambulances committed to only medical calls only! Currently they send medics to all calls including structure fires. This causes a problem because they are then committed to that incident. If a medical call comes in then they have to rely on Sonoma Life Support (SLS) to handle that call. This can cause a long delay. Could be life or death. Maybe the city should look at having a partial Volunteer Fire Force to supplement the paid staff. This is how it is done around most parts of the country. Just some thoughts to get some conversations flowing.”
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“Good move for the departments, the cities served, and the citizens.”
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“More partnership should mean better service to both areas.”
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