Sunday, February 15, 2009

What is the purpose of your Department?

What is the purpose of your department?We all know the standard answer to protect lives and property.Budd thinks that would be a good answer to the question what is the purpose of government.
Budd is frustrated by the action of the Arkansas Fire Services Protection Board.They are to help your department to protect lives and property.However some members of the board see their purpose as to gain more money for their favorite group.Others look down from the lofty heights of paid departments on the volunteer departments and think to them selves "we need the money worse than Podunk VFD".
am I the only person who has noticed that if you have a meeting in the middle of the week you have more people from paid departments than volunteers?The reason is the volunteer has a job and he can't get off for the meeting.
The Arkansas Fire Protection Services board needs to make sure their purpose is to protect lives and property,not build empires
What is the purpose of your department?We all know the standard answer to protect life and property.Budd thinks that would be a good answer to the question what is the purpose of government.
Ok we got the trauma system tax passed,now let's use some of the money to recognize first responders and fund them.In large areas of Arkansas the first care that a trauma victim gets is from a first responder.How is it going to ruin any ones career at the health department to legitimize first responders.Budd will even help you with it.
Step 1 Arkansas fire academy teaches the national DOT first responder course.
Step 2 student takes test
Step 3 AFA grades test
Step 4 AFA sends certificate to those who pass the test
Step 5 student sends copy of certificate copy of drivers licence and 20 bucks to Dept of Health
Step 6 Dept of health sends card saying you are a first responder for the next two years and then you have to take the course and test again to the student.
If the department of health even wants to come look at the designated first out rig for first responder calls and charge me 20 bucks again I got no problem with it.If however they want to have a long list of equipment that is required other than the basics they need to go back and read the answer to "what is the purpose of government?"
The dept of health must realize that vfds with first responders are not ambulance services,VFDs have no way of recovering expenses

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Don Maclean where are you?

Friday February 13,2009 was not the day that the music died,however I am afraid it might be the day the USA got really sick.
Not only is the stimulus package unworkable,it contains several items that are scary to Budd.
Though the exact words might not be there the ideas certainly are.Ideas like a national health care director deciding who gets what in health care,like gathering and storing too information about me,like gun control.
Am I the only one left that doesn't want some one to take care of me , cradle to grave.I will b e responsible for my well being and for my families . I would really like for the democrats to quit trying to take care of me.Please President Obama leave me alone.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Arkansas Trauma System

I really believe that this could be the defining issue of this legislative session.This could be the session that will be known as the one that really did something for Arkansas.
I know that the people in Little Rock are breathlessly waiting for my advice.At this very moment calls are being made all over the capitol saying have you heard from Budd yet,I really don't know what to do until I hear from him.There are text being sent from one legislator to another asking has the newest WAOB out. By Budd's own humble admission WOAB is the primary guidance for most people involved in state government.The general rule is the more important decision the more you need WAOB.
Some of you may not know it but Budd was not always a philosopher,advisor to powerful people.He was once (for most of his life)a construction worker.Budd learned many things in the construction business.Many of these lessons apply to life in general.
One of the most important lessons you learn in building things is start at the bottom.You don't build from the top down.The reason for this is without a good base or foundation , no matter how pretty a building you build it will crack ,leak ,and not last.
The people who are sponsoring the Arkansas Trauma System Bill need to realize this. Build a good foundation first.Trauma care starts with fire department first responders . As the bill is now written first responders are not mentioned.
If you are a first responder call your legislator and point out that you are part of trauma care and you would like to have some input and be recognized as part of the system.
Fire departments in Arkansas have for too long been taken for granted. Everyone wants to tell them what their job is but have never realized that maybe we can actually have some intelligent to contribute to the discussion.
We must recognize first responders!