The I.A.F.F has done extensive studies on responding with three and four firefighters. The studies have shown time and time again that responding with four or more firefighters is 60-70 per cent more safe and efficient for both firefighters and taxpayers.
Mutual aid and paid on call firefighters are not free. The extensive training they receive before being allowed to respond is time consuming, and always ongoing.
The suggestion to cut back to three firefighters [Too many firefighters too expensive, April 3 Letters, Langley Advance] is risk management at its worst, with the firefighters assuming all the risk. Help them help you.
Ken Johnson (retired firefighter), Langley