Midland Fire Department responds to almost one call a day, on occasion more. Talk of an all volunteer fire brigade makes as much sense as driving a vehicle without tires. Decades ago, the vast majority of volunteer smoke eaters owned their own businesses and felt it was their duty/way of giving something back. Today with potential volunteers “working the line” it is much more difficult to leave a full time job and respond to a call.
Case in point, four or five volunteer brigades in the area hardly ever hire additional staff during recruiting sessions. Our firefighters don’t always get called out to extinguish structural fires, they respond to gas spills, CPR calls, mutual aid support….then there is training, smoke alarm inspections etc.
At present, with full time fire fighters on duty at the hall, they are mobile in minutes, with response times always the key for quickest essential turnout. The current combination of full time and volunteers is the best of both worlds… anything less makes no sense.
If council wants to reduce the budget, drop two or three members from council; cut back on attending Good Roads conventions…..savings can always be made at town hall but not to the detriment of either of our fire and police services. Just thinking out loud.