Last week, Annapolis Fire Chief David Stokes discussed the announcement of a new “partnership” between the City and the County, “But the reality is it is nothing more than a good old-fashioned common-sense approach to improve our emergency response capabilities.”
Uhm, really Chief?
According to the information available, the County now plans to remove an EMS unit and 8 personnel from that station to serve other areas of the County, while the City will re-deploy their personnel to the County Fire Station 8 (Annapolis Neck).
Where does the common sense come into play? Anne Arundel Chief Allan Graves claimed it was a win-win situation. Maybe for the County Fire Department and County Executive Steve Schub–they get more people without increasing their budget.
This Memo of Understanding is only for a year, and hopefully the Mayor and Council will take a deeper look at this, or at the very least give a better explanation of how the City benefits. As it appears, there will be fewer pieces of equipment and personnel to handle the same amount of calls for service (or more). How can response times do anything but go down?
Well played Anne Arundel County, well played indeed.
As to some of the other partnerships established between the City and County…stay tuned as we peel back the layers of the onion referred to as Economic Development and Annapolis Partnership.