Thread: CAREER STAFFING
07-01-1999, 02:07 PM #1KNOBMANFirehouse.com Guest
AFTERNOON. I AM INTRESTED IN FINDING OUT WHAT THE STAFFING LEVELS ARE IN SOME CAREER DEPARTMENTS. MY CITY RUNS 8 ENG. CO. WITH 3 FF AND 1 OFF. 3 TRUCKS WITH 4 FF AND 1 OFF. AND A SQUAD WITH 4 FF AND 1 OFF. WHEN AVAILABLE EXTRA PERSONEL ARE PLACED ON THE TRUCKS THAN THE SQUAD. THANKS
UNION AND PROUD OF IT!
07-01-1999, 03:24 PM #2PTFD21Firehouse.com Guest
Our staffing is fore two stations - a LT. at 1 station and SGT. at the other. Also from 8 am - 4 pm there is a Fire Marshal (Chief) and a Asst. F.M./ Training Officer.
We will be adding 3 SGTS. and 3 FIREFIGHTERS next year when our third station is operational.
Our fulltimers are in I.A.F.F. Local 3008.
07-03-1999, 10:31 AM #3SAFE 1Firehouse.com Guest
We are a city of just over 100,000. We have eight stations with eight engines, four ladders, and one rescue. The city is divided in two with a deputy chief in charge of each half. On the Trucks we run a minimum of three men, the city is closing down companies when manpower is down. We also have 11 day personnel that do MIS, fire prevention, training, EMS, fire investigation, public education, and also five civilian employees that work in different offices. At this time we have 202 Firefighters. Before April 17,1992 we had eleven stations and had manpower that was up to 250 firefighters.
07-03-1999, 10:40 AM #4LedbellyFirehouse.com Guest
We also have 8 engines and only within the last 2 yrs have been able to go to 3 men (Officer, engineer and FF) where we usually had 2 before. However, 4 of those are substations w/an ambulance and on fire calls one of the medics takes the engine...so sometimes we manage 4 men. Sta1 has a Quint and usually only 4 men there; our Rsq is a 2 man 'squad'. Our Chief wants to start a dedicated truck co, but we're only hiring one more FF...appears that the Quint will go to a substation and be running w/3, the men stay and staff the truck.
We have 8 stations, 5 of which have ambulances and an ARFF station @ airport. Minimum manning is 41. Extra personnel are usually kept at Sta1 for Quint...not sure what we ("they" ) will do when truck is activated....
07-03-1999, 12:44 PM #5KenNFDFirehouse.com Guest
Staffing here is 2 eninges with an officer (1 with a Capt, other with a Lt) and 2 FF's out of 2 stations. A ladder is staffed with 2 FF's. The ladder crew responds with the heavy rescue if the ladder is not dispatched. We use callback personnel and mutual aid for additional apparatus and manpower. We respond to approximately 1800-2000 runs per year without EMS.
There is a small volunteer company that responds to fire scenes for a working fire. They do not have a firehouse or any apparatus. Currently they have about 5 active members.
Captain Naugatuck FD, CT
07-03-1999, 01:48 PM #6KNOBMANFirehouse.com Guest
GREAT POST FOLKS! IT IS NICE TO HEAR FROM OTHER CAREER FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
STAY SAFE AND STAY LOW! KM
UNION AND PROUD OF IT!
07-03-1999, 02:47 PM #7mfgentiliFirehouse.com Guest
My department currently mans 7 engines and 3 ladders with a minimum of 4 on each including the officer, a rescue/haz-mat unit with a minimum of 2, and 2 district chiefs. Manpower shortages are filled by members of a floating pool (40-50 least senior members) or by off duty members working overtime. We are one of the few departments in our area to have 4 man minimums on engines and trucks but it comes with a cost. The city has permanently decommissioned 4 engines and 2 ladders resulting in a loss of over 100 jobs. Current strength is about 250 career members. We are still committed to keeping our minimum manpower where it is, increasing the manpower on the rescue, and bringing some of the closed companies back. The current city administration appears to be ready to restore one engine company. We'll have to wait and see.
07-05-1999, 11:35 PM #8FF/PM5035Firehouse.com Guest
Well, I wish I could echo the above messages about decent staffing, but... we have three career-staffed stations (we are a combination FD). Each station staffs an Engine and a Medic unit (we have no Truck Co. or real Rescue Co.). Our minimum shift staffing is... eight. This provides one B/C, one dedicated 1-man Engine, and two cross-staffed Engines. We run few fire-related responses, but it still makes life difficult. The Chief is hiring 4 FF/PM's and 3 FF/EMT's this year, so that will help. This hiring will bring our shift bargaining unit strength to 44 personnel (49 total). The Chief has a goal of having three 2-man Engines (in addition to the Medic units), then adding a Truck Co. (prob. 2-man). We do our best, running approx. 2900 calls a year. We are supported (as much as can be expected now-a-days) by approx. 70 vol. FF's out of six more stations (they staff Engines and Tenders). Stay Safe!!
[This message has been edited by FF/PM5035 (edited July 05, 1999).]
07-05-1999, 11:52 PM #9resqcaptFirehouse.com Guest
Our fire district operates 5 3-man Engine Companies, 1 4-man Heavy Rescue Company (assumes Truck Company duties at fires), 4 2-man ambulances and 1 Battalion Chief.
We also staff several support units with Engine Co. personnel such as a 3000 gallon tanker, Technical Rescue Support Unit, Foam unit, Rescue Boat and two Brush Units.
We also have approx. 20 active volunteer firefighters that spend time each month riding along and depending on their qualifications are added to different Engine Co.'s to bring their manning to 4.
Stay safe out there, the life you save may be your own!
07-06-1999, 09:23 AM #10fireprezFirehouse.com Guest
We have a combination paid/volunteer system. We have paid/career staffing during the day M-F and vols staff evenings, weekends, and holidays. We require 3 FF per piece of apparatus (except amb and medics, require EMT or EMT-P respectively) to call it staffed whether career or vol. The driver is included in the count if he/she is a FF as is the Officer. We call the county to inform them what pieces are staffed for dispatch purposes. During the day the County staffs at least one piece per station (19 in the County) and in some stations as many as 3 pieces. If there is an incident during the day, vols can take out any avail piece from their station to supplement the County staff. If vols take out a piece during the day or on their normal evening shift with only 2 FF on board, they have to mark up with dispatch that they are understaffed. This gives both Command officers and dispatch an idea of the staffing levels at any given time.
[This message has been edited by fireprez (edited July 06, 1999).]
07-06-1999, 11:01 PM #11LT trk106Firehouse.com Guest
Good to hear from so many brothers. The one thing I see we all have in common is manpower reductions. Our current staffing is 12 full-time . We are down to 10 right now( one out fighting cancer, and city has not hired after a retirement).We have a reserve force of about 7 paid on call ff. But we never know if we will get a turn out or not for fire calls. The reserves DO NOToperate equipment or replace a short shift. We only call them on structure fires. We run 3 shifts of four when at full strentgh. One CAPT., one LT, and two FF.We respond with two trucks on all calls, always.Our minimum staffing is three, and we use overtime to fill short crews. We have a great mutial-aid with our sister city that has a full-time dept. also. Before we started the reserve program we had 21 full time plus a chief. We just got our chief back after a very bad time with a public safty directer( he was a policeman).
Stay strong and stay together, brothers and sisters. Its our only chance.
I.A.F.F. LOCAL 1670
07-11-1999, 08:16 PM #12RES1CUE96Firehouse.com Guest
Our Union Department has set up with 170 active firefighters, 3 shifts of 54 firefighter per shift. Manning 6 engines, 2 ladders,1 heavy rescue, 2 B/C on a 24 hour a day schedule. Each piece has 3 Firefighters and 1 Officer.
Wilmington, DE IAFF Local 1590
07-11-1999, 11:15 PM #13Deb GustkeFirehouse.com Guest
Right now in our city we are a little bit undermanned. The engines currently run with 1 officer and 2 firefighters. The ladder truck is staff by 1 officer and 1 firefighter.
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