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Crotty: Let others push for merger

Then why not put the station south of the 417 exit instead of nuzzled right under and next to 2 big lakes? Could you at least affirm that you know where Mud Lake and Lake Nona are and that the fire station is indeed directly south of Lake Nona and directly east of Mud Lake? You assertion that 'a lot of planning was involved' does not make sense because a simple glance at the map would have shown not one, but two lakes directly around the fire station cutting off any northern and western coverage...  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #102)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

From the statements you made, it seems that money was spent specifically to study areas where consolidation could take place. Why would we need to have these paid studies by outsiders? Let me ask you a question. Why don't the individual cities in Orange County collect their own property taxes? Could it be that it is more efficient to have one organization collect them? You don't need to 'study' anything. The benefits of scale are widely known and can be applied over a long period of time. Why can't a consolidation take place of multiple years a small piece at a time?  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #96)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

I don't buy that for a secondCould someone explain to me if the typical firefighter actually gives a rip whether he works for Orlando Fire Department, Orange County Fire Department, or Orlando-Orange County Fire Department? Doesn't it really boil down to salary and benefits?  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #93)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

No new monies would have to be expended.  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #92)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

I didn't dodge the topic. Boundaries (square or jig-saw) make no sense with regard to public safety services. A call comes in, software identifiers phone number, locates nearest available first responder. I'll write the code right on this topic if you'd like. I've registered as a candidate for mayor.  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #91)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

Gregg, did you actually look at a map? Please tell me that you see how a fire station was placed directly south of Lake Nona and directly east of Mud Lake. That immediately eliminates 50% of an area that a fire station could cover. How does that qualify as planning?  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #90)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

People just talked about how a closer city/county station didn't respond to a situation it was closer to because it was not in it's boundaries. That's one thing that could change without spending any money at all. A simple decree that person's involved in turf protection when it comes to public safety will be let go.  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #89)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

Then why not just put a fire station in every subdivision? Better yet, a fire station every other house? It baffles me that consolidation opponents are ok with one fire station handling 500+ calls a month and one handling 20+ calls a month...  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #76)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

Oh, are they planning on draining Lake Nona or Mud LakeAgain, unless they are planning on draining Mud Lake or Lake Nona, or moving the expressway, there will be no development around some of those station locationsBut what will be the response times? That station smack dab against Mud Lake and Lake Nona can *never* have the call volume because they will be too far away from the action 50% of the time because the station's location was ill conceived.  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #75)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

Are you looking at the same map I am? Look at Orlando Fire Station 16. Lake Nona is directly north and Mud Lake is directly to the west. Yeah, grrrrreat planning there. Not only that, but they put the station almost inside the subdivision. Why not put it right at the 417 where Orange County Fire Station 76 is? As to Orlando Fire Station 15, it has a subdivision to the west, nothing to the south, nothing to the north and Orange County Fire Station 76 to the south. More grrrreat planning by the government. Even Orange County Fire Station 76 is stupidly located. Two lakes to the northwest and a giant one to the southeast. And expressway to the northeast and northwest. At least it is by the expressway so it can hop on and get somewhere, but oh yeah, when they built the 417, they forgot to put an off-ramp on Moss Park road, so they just put Orange County Fire Station 77 for the 1,000 people who live out there...  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #71)

Orlando Sentinel

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$30/month is nothing when this guy makes $250k/year. He Mike, how does that $30/month hurt someone making only $20k+/year?  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #11)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

I *am* a city resident. I live down Econ between Curry Ford and Lee Vista right after it crosses over into Orlando city limits. In fact, the OFD station is practically across the street from me. Putting a station at Econ/Curry Ford would actually increase any response time to my house, but it would actually provide better response time to more people. Opponents of consolidation always act like consolidation means that there will be no firemen or police officers anywhere. There are savings to be had without reducing *any* firemen or police officers. Even if you didn't reduce the total amount of money spent by 2 departments, you could shift money from duplicated upper management *into* actual firefighting and crimefighting positions. As to anger? No. Frustration? Yes. Why do you think I registered to run? Because it's the same old political crowd running. At least Matt Falconer is an outsider and has some good ideas. I'm also glad to see that an outsider not considered a nobody is running.  (Jun 28, 2009 | post #63)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

I can't say I could fix it overnight, but I can say I will expose those who are causing any problems with it. I just don't buy the 'it costs too much money' line with regards to sharing coverage. Furthermore, I'm not hiding. You know who I am. Is your name really 'Huh'? If so, I apologize.  (Jun 28, 2009 | post #62)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

What about the people 1 street over down Chickasaw? How are their response times because some genius put 2 fire stations half way down a 2-lane road? Please explain (without hurting yourself) how 1 station with 2 crews at the corner of Curry Ford and Econ would hurt their response times? Yes, it might decrease the response times of the few subdivisions down econ, but won't it increase response times for the guys down Chickasaw? Or how about the folks down Dean?  (Jun 28, 2009 | post #52)

Orlando Sentinel

Crotty: Let others push for merger

Not sure who you are calling Matt. My name is Michael, as in http://www.newcomb formayor.com. As to which station responds to the call, you are making my point for me, thanks. Emergency services should respond to calls they are closest to. Consolidated emergency services could do just that.  (Jun 28, 2009 | post #45)

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