The dichotomy for the boss, who provides mutual assistance/automatic assistance, is that without their services, someone in a nearby community may die in a fire or medical emergency aggravated by a delay in emergency measures. It is equally worrying for these leaders to know that their neighbouring leader is not the problem, but that his department can no longer manage a department 24/7/365 because of the staff, funding, political support or apathy of the community. The indifference of citizens may be due to the fact that someone comes to 911, even if the name on the door of the fire truck or the EMS vehicle is not the name of his own community. identifying considerations for the provision of fire protection services through municipal agreements. On the other hand, the chief who provides mutual assistance is a means, reducing the number of employees available to react in their territory and possibly increasing the response time to an emergency in their own jurisdiction without adequate compensation, since the neighbouring division is not in a position to return the favor. Municipalities can enter into a fire protection contract for one or more of the following reasons: for large services, the solution is to always be the donor and barely the recipient of automatic assistance, to agree in advance that two units will not respond to automatic assistance in the event of an incident in a neighbouring municipality, which will keep enough of your stations in service to cover your own jurisdiction. Maintaining a reasonable number of personnel and equipment to deal with most other emergencies generally avoids the negative effects on your own response time to citizen services in their own jurisdiction. In theory, automatic aid sounds as if it benefits all the services and jurisdictions involved, but this cannot always be the case when a department shares such units through automatic aids, it is not only a matter of avoiding the dual equipment of the participating services, but also of sharing a good among specially trained staff. For example, a regular business can send an antenna to a nearby municipality for a structural fire, while the neighbouring municipality can send you a boat and a dive team for a water rescue.
Another possible solution during an automatic help reaction could be to simultaneously fill selected stations in your affected area by remotely mounting crews and equipment. No one needs to be called back at the cost of today`s firefighters. A new aerial scale can easily cost between $800,000 and $1,200,000, depending on the scope and options. Lifesaving equipment may not cost as much as an air-force aircraft, but there is considerable investment in the training and expertise of the personnel dedicated to these companies to enable them to perform the specific tasks assigned to these special units. One of the obvious benefits of automatic assistance should be the ability to reach more quickly the number of staff trained according to NFPA standards in an emergency scene, in part to ensure the safety of firefighters as a whole: however, it is realistic, if an automatic assistance agreement is established, to determine more quickly who will be the dominant donor and who will be the multi-year beneficiary. It is better to go with your eyes open in an automatic help agreement than to be disappointed or disappointing for the other participants. In the event of major incidents such as structural fires, the response of additional staff officers from automatic assistance services can contribute to critical positions in the incident command system, such as safety, responsibility, staging or liaison officers, a plus for the safety of firefighters.