For many of us the "real world" is not having enough firefighters on duty to safely do the job(s) placed upon us. So much emphasis is placed upon EMS that other parts of our job are suffering. Now, don't get me wrong, a well trained and equipped fire department paramedic is as good as any out there, but making a guy go to a paramedic school in order to get on the job leads to some difficult situations. Of course that is another blog. The rumors and talks of a regional fire department is coming on strong in the Tulsa (OK) metro area. It has it's good points along with some operational hurdles to overcome. The problem is that the demands placed on us is far outgrowing the ability to meet them. We have so much duplicating of resources that leads to inefficiency and waste. Not every single fire department in the state needs a haz-mat team, or a tactical rescue, or special operations team. Lets provide our citizens with the basic services they require first. How about equipping and staffing a full assignment on the first alarm. Only after this is accomplished should a department look to expand into new areas. Of course I like leather helmets, so maybe I am just behind the times.