Uh, QBVR, that is not the point. When you call for an ambulance and they send 14 firetrucks with it, you only get charged for one ambulance. And that is only if they transport you. So, the argument that over response is costing taxpayers money is silly. When your house catches fire and the FD comes to try to put it out, you dont get a bill from them. The only service that gets charged is ambulance service.<quoted text>
Uh, Dude, that's the point. The taxpayers get the bill.
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#81 Feb 14, 2008
#82 Feb 14, 2008
Besides, as I understand it, they don't have extra firefighters for EMT purposes. These are firefighters who are being paid to provide coverage for fires in the area anyway. So, if they don't go on EMT runs they will just be sitting at the firehouse watching tv or sleeping. The only extra cost is the gas to drive to the scene. Sometimes the EMTs make a difference, sometimes they don't.
If you want to save money, you would have to get rid of firehouses. But then you would reduce response time for fires which could cost lives and property losses. It would also raise insurance rates. So, you pay either way.
#83 Feb 16, 2008
The bipartisan government-reform panel led by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard and former Gov. Joe Kernan recommend the elimination of 1,155 units of government and 5,833 fewer elected officials statewide saving $400 million each year.
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