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

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