I don't see how Tom Fisher got his figures. I am not educated, but I come up with a lot more [money to operate fire substations] than he does.
Each substation has two persons per shift, three shifts per day, seven days a week. That is 168 hours per week per person (two persons) per substation. You pay for 336 hours per substation - $10 per hour - very, very conservative.
Then you have Social Security, Worker's Comp, health insurance, etc.