PA dumbest move yet
Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Jul 24, 2012
Now is the time to seriously considered consolidation of fire and emergency response services on an area wide basis. Such consolidation could begin with neighboring agencies and the extend county or even tri-county wide..
The savings from having one chief, one dispatch system, one training department etc woul be enormous. And as Orange County and SacMetro have demonstrated the cost per citizen served would go down and the quality of service would go up..
Hiring a new fire chief guarantees that PA will remain locked into the old model and existing horrible labor aggreements.
What am I missing?????
on Jul 24, 2012 at 8:39 am
I agree with Peter.
Fire Depts. should be county wide (or at least North Santa Clara County). So should the police department and library services. Probably a lot more too, but then I am not an expert on how to run a cost effective city budget - just use my common sense.
on Jul 24, 2012 at 9:13 am
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on Jul 25, 2012 at 8:45 am
It is not a dumb move. Dennis Burns is working 15 hour days and coming in to work on his days off just to keep up with all that has to be done to manage both the Fire Department and the Police Department. Yes, he's the highest paid City employee but I think he'd rather spend more time with his family, and just be Police Chief at a reduced salary.
Taking on the position as Fire Chief as well as Police Chief was supposed to be a short term temporary move until a replacement Fire Chief was found, Dannis Burns has been doing both jobs now for two years.