Friday, February 28, 2014

Fire Station #1 Casa Grande - #22814 by Candy Barr

16 x 20 inches Oil on canvas

Last weekend there was an all day Casa Grande Plein Air Event.
Over 50 artists participated with 3 winners.  The Captain at the fire station wanted my
painting if it didn't go for the purchase awards.. so there it proudly hangs!
Love chatting with the firemen in between their outings all day. They are such pillars of our communities.
So many coming and goings, and cases of mental illness emergencies rather than
fires if you know much about what too many of their calls are for.
Services provided:firedeptlogo
  • Fire
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Search and Rescue
  • Extrication
Twenty five years ago false alarms were half the number of fires, today false alarms significantly exceed the number of fires.
According to Nightline it costs $3,500 every time a fire truck pulls out of a fire station in Washington, DC (25 calls in a 24 hour shift is not uncommon so this adds up quickly).  Moreover, most of the time the call is not for a fire but for a minor medical problem. In many cities, both fire trucks and ambulances respond to the same calls. The paramedics do a great job but it is hard to believe that this is an efficient way to deliver medical care and transportation. A few locales have experimented with more rational systems. For example:
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