The Image of a Skeleton Crew

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This is the image of a skeleton crew.

Talk about cuts to the fire services. This is the image of a sole firefighter in the east end on July 18th, taken by a neighbor.

Three firefighters arrive on the scene and only one can go in as one has to operate the pump and one officer has to watch the scene.

What if there were propane tanks or a motor-vehicle in that garage filled with fuel. And we could only send one person in.

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29 COMMENTS

  1. It’s like playing Russian roulette with response and rescue capability. One of these days there will be serious consequences for the failure to provide appropriate response to occupied structures in the Sault. Successful lawsuits and criminal prosecutions won’t repair the negative impact on people’s lives.

  2. Do people read comments? There were 3 trucks and other rescue vehicles. That was just the first to arrive. And they saved the day. Biased journalism

  3. What this could lead up too is fires going unattended with not enough firefighters to cover more than one fire ?? at least it will be easy to explain why a fire was missed or maybe only fires in higher priority ares will be attended by fire Teams?? looking at inequality of fire priorities ??

  4. The tragedy is these cuts were made based on misinformation, back door meetings and skullduggery perpetrated by the chief, mayor and a few malleable councilors.
    I’m just waiting for my insurance rates to rise now.

  5. “Talk about cuts to the fire services. This is the image of a sole firefighter in the east end on July 18th, taken by a neighbor.”

    Yes, an image of the first ones to arrive. Where is the rest of the story and photos?

  6. Journalistic sensationalism. Yea, what IF there were a bunch of propane tanks or a car with a full gas tank in there. Send in 15 firefighters instead of the 1 lonely guy (as the picture shows). And if it blows, then what? 15 dead/injured instead of 1? Enough already. Where’s the picture with all the other equipment, personnel and tax dollars that showed up?

  7. I was at that fire shortly after it started. Couldn’t believe how many trucks and firefighters showed up. They had the fire knocked down in a matter of minutes! I thought for sure that house was going to burn to the ground.
    I think there were at least 4 trucks,an EMS truck and probably 12 or more firefighters on the scene. They did a great job!!

  8. You know, regardless of how an individual feels personally about this, as a news reporter Mr Shoust should be impartial and stick to unbiased reporting. He is getting so one-sided about this it’s really almost pointless to read his stories, one already knows what his personal opinion is..I may or may not like any of this either, but I want true, unbiased information to make a decision of my own, not his personal take on it….

    • First line pumpers in most cities carry 4 firefighters so here where there is 3 is considered a skeleton crew. TRUE. The initial nozzle position then has a backup for safety in case there are impending hazards or one of them get injured. TRUE. So what isn’t true or fact based in this article? I find Randy’s sports column quite biased so why are you focusing on only Mr. Shoust and not all biased articles? Some who don’t want to hear the firefighters side of the story, perform a free risk assessment, or operate within parameters set by science based organizations such as the NFPA seem biased and they are the ones making decisions who shouldn’t be. Why are you letting them off the hook and complaining about Mr Shoust?

  9. I have to say, the guys that showed up to my house to save the day did so in record time
    Garage and a whole lot of personal belongings are totally gone but they saved my house, 3 neighbours houses, and got to the bbq propane tank that was in front of the patio doors to my house before it exploded
    These guys saved my house and my family with lack of employees and my hat goes off to them
    I dont have the words to say how thankful I am

  10. I have to say, the guys that showed up to my house
    to save the day did so in record time
    Garage and a whole lot of personal belongings are totally gone but they saved my house, 3 neighbours houses, and got to the bbq propane tank that was in front of the patio doors to my house before it exploded
    These guys save my house and my family with lack of employees and my hat goes off to them
    I dont have the words to say how thankful I am

  11. He’s only by himself because the fire trucks from the other halls haven’t arrived yet. This picture would have been the same 5 years ago and has nothing to do with the chief.

    • Roger Stevenson. Actually before the cuts by the Chief, that truck had four firefighters on it. So it would not be the same.

  12. Well. That ruined my night. Seeing my house on fire (again) pop up at the top of my news feed ??

    Absolute rubbish about the cuts- if there are any. My entire home could’ve gone up in flames had the crew not shown up when they had. It’s sickening to think that there’d be even LESS men/women in uniform out there saving lives. If anything, they should be looking into employing more firefighters so they have more bodies on the scene.

  13. A couple of smart lawyers and people who’s homes burn worse than should have been and the cities insurance will take a couple of direct hits and some higher ups will be job hunting in no time. Money talks and BS walks.

  14. Sickening! Its funny that the politicians and government parties are always attending $150/plate luxury dinners, but have no money for important things like keeping our local firefighters employed? Assholes. What a corrupt bullshit world we live in!

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