Entire City Vallejo California - Vallejo
According to our City Manager's bi-weekly report, recent Fire Department calls were for:
EMS Calls... 75%
Good Intent (non-malicious) false alarm calls... 11%
(Malicious) False Alarm calls... 4%
Vehicle Accidents... 3%
Service Call (none of the above)... 3%
Non-fire Hazards... 2%
Grass Fire... <1%
Together, emergency fire, non-fire, and rescue activity accounts for less than 10% of all our "fire" department activity, while medical "emergencies" are over 75%.
Yet all of our fire department and equipment are configured for fire fighting operations, so that calls for medical attention (emergency or otherwise, often simply a sick person unable to get to their doctor's office or hospital) are routinely serviced by a fully equipped fire engine and crew, even by (in my neighborhood, at least) a hook-and-ladder truck!.
At the same time our city has contracts with a private contractor for delivery of ambulance and onsite EMS services. Again, in my neighborhood at least, the private ambulance often arrives before or simultaneously with fire service vehicles. Fire personnel stand around watching the EMS personnel service the patient and load them into the ambulance.
I am neither a city services expert, nor a statistician, but I do see that when one of the most expensive city departments is fully equipped and staffed to handle 8-10% of its job responsibilities, while spending 75% or more doing something entirely different, while an entirely different, singularly specialized, profit-making company is paid to do the very same thing, there just may be the possibility of re-structuring to both improve service to the citizen, along with achieving cost savings to the tax payer.
Other Acknowledged555 Santa Clara Street Vallejo, California - Vallejo
Issue: All of the Above
Enough is enough! If I reported a burglary, would a response of: "We came, and tidied up the furniture. Case closed" be satisfactory?
City Council members have to get the point that "Public Works has an illegal dumping team" or "We patrolled this area" (during daytime business hours) or "Officer has now been assigned to inspect the possible violation(s)" or "a case number has been assigned" do not FIX the problems reported here. They just clean up the mess -- and YES, our city employees do a great job of cleaning up the mess -- but they are just clearing a space for the dumpers, campers, vandals, and druggies to come back and commit the same crimes again, knowing that they face little or no prospect of apprehension or punishment for those crimes. We need proper interdisciplinary programs to apprehend the violators, and a triage system to provide:
* Care for those who are truly need it
* Education for those who are unknowingly doing the wrong thing, and
* Punishment for those who uncaringly, or for profit, defile or city, and the homes of its citizens.
If city management and senior staff do not understand or appreciate these needs, then they need urgently to be re-educated, or replaced.