We (army) are told we can't have an automatic aid response with the surrounding communities. We can have mutual aid contracts, but not auto-aid. Makes no sense. It works the same, except the department has to request us instead of us already being enroute. However, it makes it look to the surrounding departments that we don't want to play with them. I know that's not the attitude from the guys on the floor. We want to go out the gates and play.