YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE PHRASE MUTUAL AID BEFORE.
THAT'S WHEN A CITY NEEDS HELP AFTER AN INCIDENT AND
ASKS FOR IT FROM ITS NEIGHBORS.
WHAT JOE PARISI WANTS IS WHAT'S CALLED AUTOMATIC AID.
THAT MEANS WHEN THE EMERGENCY HAPPENS, TYPICAL BORDERS
If I'm caught in a burning house, I don't care what
color uniform the firefighter is wearing...
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DANE COUNTY EXECUTIVE JOE PARISI SAYS CURRENT MADISON
FIRE POLICY TO PROTECT ITS BORDERS IS MAKING EMERGENCY
RESPONSE MORE CHALLENGING.
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There is a frustration among some of the responders
out there that they are literally not allowed to respond
to certain emergencies even if they are literally
across the street.
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LIKE THE TIME LAST SUMMER WHEN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT
RECYCLING CENTER IN MADISON CAUGHT FIRE.
TOWN OF MADISON FIREFIGHTERS WERE NEXT DOOR, BUT UNABLE
TO HELP, BECAUSE THE FACILITY IS IN THE CITY OF MADISON.
OR WHEN A MADISON FIRE DIVISION CHIEF CALLED INTO
THE 911 CENTER THIS SPRING ASKING FOR ONE OF ITS MEDICS
TO BE RETURNED FROM THE SCENE OF A SUN PRAIRIE FIRE.
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We don't send our unit's into another district's fire
call without a supervisor.
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It only makes sense to have the nearest unit responding
to an emergency.
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I think it's a deflection on the real issue here...
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MADISON FIRE CHIEF STEVE DAVIS TOLD US EARLIER THIS
HE FEELS PARISI'S PUSH FOR AN OPEN BORDER POLICY STEMS
FROM A DESIRE NOT TO ADDRESS THE NUMEROUS EXAMPLES
OF THE 911 CENTER TAKING TOO LONG TO SEND HELP.
DAVIS SAYS MADISON COOPERATES REGULARLY WITH ITS NEIGHBORS.
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It occurs in Fitchburg.
It occurs in Waunakee.
It occurs in Middleton.
None of us feel like we're out there alone and we
all actually, quite frankly, get along really well.
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ON BRIDGE ROAD LAST OCTOBER, IT TOOK NEARLY FOUR MINUTES
FOR THE 911 CENTER TO DISPATCH HELP TO A DEADLY APARTMENT
BUT THEN, THE OPERATORS SENT MADISON FIREFIGHTERS
WHO WERE TEN MINUTES AWAY ...INSTEAD OF MONONA, WHICH
WAS UNDER A MILE AWAY.
PARISI SAYS WE NEED TO LOOK AT THAT ENTIRE SITUATION.
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Should we look at 911, absolutely.
Should we continue to focus there.
But if you ignore what happens after dispatch and
don't ask the question why did it take Madison 10
minutes to respond to a fire when there was a Monon
unit less than a mile away, I think we're doing a
disservice to our community.
SO YOU MAY BE WONDERING JUST HOW OFTEN THIS IDEA OF
SENDING THE CLOSEST UNIT WOULD COME UP.
WE'VE TOLD THE SITUATION TAKES PLACE FREQUENTLY.
JUST THIS AFTERNOON FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WAS A STRUCTURE
FIRE ON CAMDEN ROAD.
STARTED BY THREE KIDS PLAYING WITH A LIGHTER.
THEY GOT OUT OK.
THE TOWN OF BLOOMING GROVE FIRE ENGINE WAS READY AND
JUST POINT-TWO MILES AWAY.
BUT SINCE THE HOME WAS IN MADISON, MADISON FIRE WAS
DISPATCHED AND ROUGHLY SIX MINUTES LATER THEY ARRIVED