... but to this rural resident, they are worth it and the city folk who can't grasp that concept should get over it.
I can grasp being assigned to a nice quiet station out in the country. I can grasp that Big Time.
To people who have never worked 9-1-1 operations in this city, it's hard to explain how busy it is. Especially when the car-count is low.
We have "rural folk" ( mostly savvy lawyers, from what I understand ) living in 250 homes on the Toronto Islands. We have to send our Marine Paramedics to transport them to the mainland. We have a land Paramedic crew stationed there for them also, to rendezvous with our Marine Units. ie: That's a Paramedic ambulance on the Island, a Paramedic marine vessel, and a Paramedic ambulance on the mainland to complete the transport to the city hospital. That's a lot of wo/manpower. But, if it saves a life, it's worth it.
Their ( the Island ambulance ) Unit Hour Utilization ( UHU ) is almost nil. But, our "rural folk" on the Islands are entitled to the same response times as they get in the city. If we don't stop the clock in time, the Department can get sued. They are entitled to their entitlements. ie: The same response time to their Island residence as they would expect at their law offices on Bay Street.
The crews stationed on the Island, must be taken out of the main car count. Which was always more than fine with me and my partner whenever we were lucky enough to be assigned there. We get paid the same no matter how many lifts we do or don't do.
You became what they called "a dedicated unit".
It takes many years of seniority to bid into the Island station. Same goes for the City cops and firemen.
Because it sure beats breaking your back non-stop on fifth-floor walk-ups back on shore.