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Recently the Tacoma city council decided that in order to save money they would replace the fire engines at two of their city's fire stations with pick-up trucks (news story here). These pick-ups would have some medical gear and two firefighters and one would only be staffed from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening.
Just 49 minutes into the first day of this staffing there was a structure fire in District 13. In this instance it didn't matter that the new Squad 13 has no fire suppression capabilities since they were on another call. But for the forseeable future, anytime there's a fire in districts 13 or 15 all the guys on "Not So Big Red" will be able to do is point and say, "Yep, your house is on fire."
In reality they would be able to do a search of the building to make sure people were out of danger but they won't be able to put the fire out.
How much do you want to bet that none of the city councilmen live in either of the aforementioned districts?