In a Channel 3 interview, it was reported:
"The house was in the county, prompting a county fire station to respond. They were about 2 and a half miles away, but a city fire station was about a mile closer.
"It's definitely a tragic event, but I don't think that distance would have made a difference," said Mike Weaver.
People need to know how quickly fires spread and that they spread exponentially. A properly functioning smoke detector will generally sound within 10-20 seconds.
The following videos demonstrate this:
The reason automatic aid is a bad idea is that when seconds count, City resources don't need to be off on calls for people unwilling to pay for them.
"When giving Automatic Aid, be sure 50% of your firefighting capacity stays inside your service area and does not respond."
Most Pensacola Stations have only ONE operational vehicle. If it's off on County calls, how is 50% maintained in the service area of that station?
Mayoral Fire Math
1 truck - 1 truck = 50% coverage
3 firefighters on a truck = 2 in 2 out
2 men and two trucks = proper International Airport coverage