Increasing Level of Staffing
First off I would like to say hello, 4yrs on the job (Firefighter/Paramedic), with a 5 station dept in South Florida. Our department recently had a strategic planning meeting to get in put from the front line crews, and to let the front line crews hear what the higher ups(40hr) would like to see change in the department.
I volunteered to do some research on increasing the staffing on some of our units. Just to give you all an idea we have 5engines (2als-1 of which is cross staffing with a 100ft platform) 1 truck(cross-staff as mentioned), 5 rescues(the south florida type, up north they are called ambulances,the box.....)2brush trucks, 1light/air truck, 1DC vehicle, 1EMS superviser vehicle. We run 3 on every engine( along with the truck only when the crew from the cross staffed engine jump on it. 2 minimum on the resuces sometimes 3 with staffing level's are fat.
1----We as a department would like to see 3personnel on all rescues, and at least 3personnel on all supression units(this meaning staffing the truck full time).
Right know are supervision on calls would be the LT on the supression unit, with only a Lead Medic(which could be a 1yr medic just of probation and passed protcol testing with a 3mth proby). And if is a 3person rescue we could go shifts (24/48) without running a single call with that superviser(being that 80% of our call volume is medical.)
2--We would like to also see CPT on the supression units with LT on the rescues to place some supervisory on the units that the public see the most in there time of need.
What I was hoping for is for the wide range of knowledge,experience, and departments on here is to throw some input on how to sell this to City Councilperson, a City manager.
Thanks for all your time.