Down Power Lines...Stretched Resources...Contingency Plans?
I have been unable to find any solid information on this topic as of yet and would appreciate any feedback.
How does your department handle power line emergencies during severe thunderstorms or ice storms? Specifically when the majority of fire companies are either “babysitting” other downed power lines or dealing with other emergencies?
Besides mutual aid requests to continue responding to emergencies, does your department have any type of contingency plans for fire apparatus operations during times of overload?
Example of problem:
Severe thunderstorm has come through and 90% of resources are currently dealing with emergencies throughout the city, 30-40% of which are downed power lines. Once the storm passes, these fire apparatus are required to stay at the scene until the power company shows up. This can take hours and hours. Companies are switched out every 4 hours.
Some resources one may think of using would be CERT teams, Code Enforcement officers, Police, etc… However, some of these just would not work for safety reasons….and others for logistical/fiscal reasons.
Thanks in advance.