The last time this issue was prominent in the news was when Jerry's Cajun Cafe burned down less than a half mile from Pensacola Fire Station 6. When it was discussed before the City was using its rescue trucks which sit idle now and had a fully staffed airport fire station. Automatic aid didn't make sense then and certainly does not make sense now.
Pensacola and the Escambia County Fire Department operate under a policy of mutual aid. Mutual aid requires one fire department to contact the other fire department to request aid.
All Escambia County had to do was make a call for mutual aid and PFD would have responded. No such call was made.
Automatic aid would dispatch the closest fire department to any call regardless of the jurisdiction.
In the news story below, the Mayor wants to enter into an automatic aid agreement with Escambia County. He has City Administrator Eric (Mork) Olson on it.
"We think the landscape is different now, just in the terms of relationship between the county and city, relationships between the two fire departments," he said.
Olson said the talks are still early.
City Citizens...You pay for City fire services and police services. You also pay for County fire and sheriff services.
When Hayward came into office he touted annexation as the way to grow our City. If Hayward and Mork give away our City Fire Services for free, why in the name of (Insert Emphasis Statement Here) would any county resident want to be annexed?
Here are a few questions:
- Station 6 is the backup for Mork and Mayor's "two men and a truck" safety program at the Airport. If Engine 6 is running down Creighton to a slip and fail at University Mall (County) who is protecting Districts 1 and 2 and backing up the Airport?
- Station 4 is the Station on Q Street on the Western boundary of the City. If Engine 4 is running down toward New Warrington Road to respond to a vehicle fire, who is is going to handle a situation at the Maritime Park.
Why should the City taxpayers subsidize the County's fire service.