Monday, October 26, 2015

Provology 101 - New Class, Fire Department

For over a month now a select group of Provo residents has been participating in Provology 101, a series of classes that give a behind-the-scenes look at how Provo City runs. This small group meets every Wednesday for two hours and their responses have been very rewarding. As each department shows some of what they do for the City, participants have been receptive and positive about the experience.

One of the participants, Anona Sobczak, has been sharing her experiences on Facebook and gave us permission to share them with you.

September 9, 2015
On a short break after first hour of Provology 101! The mayor touched on some of the big things going on with the city: BRT, Hospital expansion and Bulldog redesign, west side connector, RAP tax, and county sales tax. We have a class of about 15 people, mostly newbies to the city concerns. I'm hearing a common theme of wanting to feel connected and make an impact. I feel like this class is a great doable jumping off point! Next up fire department!

Provology 101: Learning about the Fire Department. We got to ask every random question you could think of, and the firefighters are top contenders for "Nicest Department in the City" so they didn't seem to mind.
Most firefighters have more than one job. They are on call in 48 hour blocks. A lot of their job is paramedic stuff, and more than 50 percent of their calls are for non-emergencies/a waste of time. (Such as, "Send an ambulance, I squirted hand sanitizer in my eye!") This misuse of their resources is their biggest problem people can help with. (As my grandpa would say, "It's not close enough to your heart to kill you!")

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