The Memphis Fire Department is considering using smaller alternate response vehicles to respond to emergency medical calls, but some fire fighters aren’t convinced it’s such a good idea.

Last week, the IAFF posted this story on our social networks which generated strong reactions from you.

Commenter #1:  “That’s dumb then if there is a fire they have to go back and get the rig. Wasting more time. Get real.”
Commenter #2: “Stupid! If you going to hire more men and put them in the SUV’s then just by ambulance and transport! Stupid idea! If you’re not hiring extra manning then it is useless, keep the man power on the rig and respond with the apparatus!”

Officials from the Memphis Fire Department say the smaller vehicles will help save on fuel and maintenance costs without affecting response times.

Members of Local 1784 aren’t convinced.

Union member Robert Kramer tells the Commercial Appeal, “We don’t believe it’s going to save money, and it will endanger the public. We feel like it will jeopardize our safety as fire fighters and impact the safety of citizens.”

Officials are interested in purchasing a pick up truck with a utility bed on the back, said Larry Anthony, president of Local 1784.

Anthony tells the Frontline the Local’s main concern is the safety of fire fighters and the citizens of Memphis.

“We will not stand by silent if either concern is not addressed,” he said.

Do you think the alternate response vehicles will help make the fire department more efficient? Are some of your fire districts using them? Take our survey here.