From the Las Vegas Sun, acting as Rory Reid's spokesman:"...wants to mothball the department’s mobile air unit, which hauls extra oxygen apparatus to fire scenes, and a water tender, a truck that transports water to locations without hydrants, freeing the staff who operate the equipment for other needs. The equipment could still be used “as needed.”"
Up until now, I didn't realize that the CCFD actually had a water tanker fully staffed, 24 hours a day by a firefighter/engineer. You talk about a waste of money. How many fires did it respond to last year? 10? Maybe 15? Maybe 5?
There is no doubt that the CCFD needs a tanker truck for grass fires or car fires in out the way places. But to staff it full time is just asinine and to staff it with a higher paid engineer is even more stupid. A tanker truck does 2 things. It brings water to a fire and dumps it in a holding tank or perhaps directly into an engine. Just that and nothing more. A lower paid firefighter could handle this task. This has to be the easiest firefighting job in the CCFD.
Now, about the air supply unit. I have my doubts about this cut. The truck goes out to most working fires and probably many haz mat calls and it replenishes firefighters with air in their SCBA's or air tanks. This truck actually does provide a service at a fire scene. However, between Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas fire departments and CCFD, they could cut the total units from 4 to 2, assuming NLVFD and HFD have air trucks.
I would suggest that the fire chief of the CCFD look for more cuts like the water tanker fiasco and the air unit.
And to the Sun, we realize the Sun is in bed and humping the Reids. We know you love them, but 99.9% of the people realize that Rory Reid did not come up with these ideas or cuts. Stop giving credit where it doesn't belong.
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