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What Would You Ask the Fire Chief?

Patch will be sitting down with Fire Chief Kurt Henke this week.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, which protects 417 square miles of Sacramento and Placer Counties, .

Later this week, we'll be sitting down with Fire Chief to talk about the challenges his department faces and how he plans to address them.

Among other things, we'll be asking him about the challenge of doing more with less, the dangers presented by the , and how the department plans to keep people safe over the Fourth of July holiday.

What would you like us to ask? Is there a fire department or public safety topic you're particularly curious about? Post your questions in the comments section below and we'll try to pass them along to Henke.

Bob June 23, 2011 at 01:48 AM
With the continued loss of personnel and cut backs is there a way the fire department could meet with neighborhood watch groups to enlist their help in any way. Is there anything they could be on the lookout for, notify the department of, or educate others on that would make the job easier on fire fighters? We think to call the cops first for crime but what should we be calling the fire department first and how can citizens be more pro-active to help the fire department? Thanks, Bob
Joshua Staab June 23, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Great questions, Bob. Thank you for your feedback. We'll be sure to pose these questions to the chief today.
Mike June 23, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Why does your department continue to operate as if it was still in the horse and buggy era? The fire department are the only first responders that get paid to eat, sleep and ride that big red truck to the grocery store. Could you not be as effective and hopefully a little more efficient if your guy's work in shifts like all other emrgency responders?
Laura June 24, 2011 at 12:26 AM
I don't have a question, but I would like to say that I am grateful for the quick and professional response to a medical emergency a family member had a few weeks ago. I hope services are not cut. We need these good men and women to be ready and able to help on a moment's notice!

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