I do not know what else I can say in support of Measure S so I’ll keep this one short and sweet. For a moment, let’s say Measure S fails and hypothetically the Board selects the 3-station model for service and lays off 24-firefighters.
We are stuck with 3 stations (Brentwood, Discovery Bay and Oakley) with 27-fire personnel covering 250 square miles. There will be no move-up/station coverage which means if all the engines are covering calls then certain areas may not have any coverage until the engine is done with the call. Non-emergency calls would also not have a response until a District engine was available.
So that is what we are stuck with.
The other side of it is it’s now a blank check for AMR Ambulance Company to staff up and make more money—sorry, but it’s the truth and if I was them I’d also do it.
But let’s look past the immediate changes in services as Measure S is all about sustainability and looking at future growth while some claim other reason. Lets look down the road to how dangerous a Measure S failure truly is.
Just because Measure S fails, the discussion does not end. The board is forced into immediate cuts to ensure some form of service. But it still will have a revenue problem.
Engines break down, gas prices continue to rise, our fire personnel will be working harder and longer thus making workman’s compensation claims a potential issue. This costs will all rise as more wear and tear is required in the new model.
So how does the District fund it when its already being forced to run lean and mean. Remember, costs of doing business never decrease, they always increase.
The only logical solution is closing another fire station and dropping down to a two-station model and more personnel cuts. It’s common sense the money has to come from somewhere and in the future, more cuts will come.
You see, regardless of whatever bogus claim people say Measure S is, the Measure is 100% about ensuring sustainability and planning for future growth.
Mark my words, within a couple of years their will be talk of dropping down to a two station model unless revenue is somehow increased.