SAO, you say “WHY would I advocate using non-firefighters if I was one??”
It seems that all the firefighters say that because none of them want to do ems, yet they want more money to do ems.
Also, what is IIRC 20 Firefighters and 2 or 3 captains? And how do you know about the original plan when KVERS was first looking like it was going to be taken over? Taken over by whom? You seem to have a lot of inside information for a non firefighter.
I think if you look at the dwindling amount of fire runs over the past years I would assume that the fire department has more time to do things.
And I would imagine that since you are not a firefighter, you do not know how they spend their days. So you, nor I, really know for sure wither or not either one of our plans are feasible. However, I do see that Harrison Fire Department offers both services for the price of one. And they have managed to do it for a few years with no problems.
As far as the 911 system goes I just hope that nobody I know needs any ems in the near future. Not only will it take 10 minutes to reroute the calls I have no idea who will be responding.