I feel that there is a lack of emergency personnel that are actually available to respond to situations where they may be dispatched to. I believe that this situation applies for all emergency personnel whether it is police officers, firefighters or EMS personnel. On any given day I can listen to my scanner at my house and hear in emergency dispatchers having to dispatch emergency departments from outside of the area of the incident or incidents. This situation applies for both paid emergency personnel and volunteer emergency personnel. My opinion is that if many of these smaller departments would consolidate with each other I feel that the response time rate would increase dramatically.
People's lives would probably not be in as much danger if in the situation we had more personnel able to respond more quickly and efficiently to their different locations where incidents may occur.
There are at least four different fire departments around the area in which I live. It takes at least one fire Department five minutes to respond to an incident where another fire Department that is located closer to the incident could respond in about two minutes from the time they are dispatched.
There have been numerous incidents where I live where fire departments were not able to respond to an incident due to the fact that it was not in their department’s territory and as a result whatever the incident may have been would have gotten much worse than it would have if the fire department that was closer was able to respond.