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Daily Fire Fix ran across this video with the interesting title and had to see what was going on. It’s actually a compilation of videos of the Grant’s Pass Rural Fire Department in Josephine County Oregon which is in southwest OR along I-5 and the California border.
Grant’s Pass Rural Fire Department is one of three private fire departments competing for fire protection “contracts” for properties in the county. See if you share the myriad of emotions that others have when you see these “firefighters” in action at a residential structure fire.
One you are past the “Oh my God’s” and the “What the &%^#’s”, I’d like to challenge you to watch it a second time. Only this time, I want you to ask yourself, “if I’m watching this fire department floundering on video, how many other fire departments in the United States operate in similar ways, with no command structure, old equipment, no PPE, no money, and no clue?”
My guess is that there are quite a few.
Now, let’s take this a step further.
I’d like to pose a challenge to you, the firefighter: Put yourself into each of the following roles and think about what actions you would take based solely upon the information in the videos and what I have provided you in this article.
- You have just been appointed as fire chief of the GPVF and you have just seen this video.
- You are the fire chief of the Rural/Metro Fire Department, a neighboring combination department and you have just seen this video..
- You are a resident considering with which department to contract your fire protection services: GPVFD at a very, very low cost (45 cents per thousand) , GPFR at a cost five times that of GPVFD, or elect to opt out entirely from any fire contract and you have just seen this video.
If you’d like to, leave a brief comment to this article, or call in and leave a voicemail with your input. I’ll report back later here on Daily Fire Fix with your ideas.
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