I read with interest the numerous stories about Everett Fire Department staffing (“Mayor tries new tactic to curb fire department overtime,” The Herald, Dec. 11).
There was outrage that anyone would consider lessening the number of emergency responders on duty and it was suggested that steps should be taken to ensure that closing a station did not happen. Fire departments have a system of mutual and automatic aid. Meaning that in times of need other fire department are automatically dispatched to assist with an incident or to cover additional incidents. This ensures that the public receives the best possible emergency services regardless of the number of emergency personnel on duty.
But the same outrage, for limited response personnel, does not seem to extend to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department. It is not uncommon to have one or two deputies on duty to cover the unincorporated areas between Snohomish and Gold Bar. Not only is this extremely unsafe for the public but it is also extremely dangerous for the deputies. Where is the outrage for for this lack of emergency responders, where are the letters to the County Council demanding more deputies be placed on duty? Is adequate staffing only a concern when it involves the fire department?
Our county deputies risk their lives everyday to protect the citizens of Snohomish County. They deserve to be afforded the proper staffing it takes to ensure that they are able to go home at the end of their shifts. They deserve the public support for serving and protecting the citizens of Snohomish County.