Hey Joe! Was listening to the scanner today and couldn't help but notice how many times SFD crews were tied up and unable to respond to calls they were dispatched for. At least 3 and possibly 4 times today engine 16 and truck 1 were dispatched and responded to the calls together (Have noticed this happens with most large structure - don't have anything against it but what about the rest of the city and county?) Anyhow, the assistant chief on duty requested all 3 city stations be toned out for volunteer response specifically for a medical assist and got NO RESPONSE from either volunteer.
In addition, did anyone else hear SFD respond to Hebron last night to an incident on Levin Deshiell? Did they notify Hebron as a courtesy and I missed it? I can only imagine how Hebron is feeling about it. Seems SFD thinks they can just do as they please and they are superior to the other county stations. When is enough enough?
SFD egos are getting out of control. The city clearly doesn't have the volunteer support they have claimed to have since those other volunteers left. They repeatedly told the media that those members had a less than 50% response but anything is better than what they are getting now. The city and county came to an agreement giving the city more control. The city agreed to service the county territory but clearly they don't have the means to provide and unfortunately there will come a day when someone suffers due to SFD not being able to respond in a timely manner and then not having any volunteers to respond either. This agreement only benefits the city and screws the county in the long run.
The leadership on both sides is ridiculous. Jake Day who acts like everything is sunshine and rainbows, John Cannon who kisses Jake's butt in return for who knows what, and Bob Culver who goes back and forth on every decision he makes. EVERYONE on both sides need to be replaced with people who actually care about the tax payers, both city and county.
You have a station, who is recognized by Wicomico county and the state of Maryland as a legitimate fire department but they aren't being utilized because that would mean the city would lose revenue that they shouldn't be getting anyways. SFD is struggling to cover calls without being realerted and this could be drastically changed by simply utilizing this available independent company.
Joe, I'm not sure what it will take for the officials and SFD administration to realize the lives of the citizens have the potential to be severely impacted by the delay in response from SFD. Do you have any suggestions so our voices can be heard on this matter? Is there any way this agreement can be reversed as it clearly was not created to benefit anyone but the City? When will the county wake up? Does it take someone losing their life due to delayed or lack of response from SFD to make the officials see they made a huge mistake by making this agreement? I hope and pray it doesn't happen to my family, but best believe, if it does, they will experience a wrath like no other.