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Needs Analysis Full-Time Staffing Levels. Michael A. Walker, Fire Chief. Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis . 36 Personnel 13 Full-Time Staff Line Fire Fighters 5 FF/Paramedics 4 FF/EMT-I 1 Line Lieutenant EMT-I 1 Inspector 26 Call Staff 19 Firefighters 7 Officers

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needs analysis full time staffing levels
Needs AnalysisFull-Time Staffing Levels

Michael A. Walker, Fire Chief

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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • 36 Personnel
    • 13 Full-Time Staff
      • Line Fire Fighters
        • 5 FF/Paramedics
        • 4 FF/EMT-I
        • 1 Line Lieutenant EMT-I
      • 1 Inspector
    • 26 Call Staff
      • 19 Firefighters
      • 7 Officers
  • Shift Arrangement
    • 3-2-2-2
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Apparatus
    • Class A Pumpers
      • Engine 1,3
      • Total water

2500 gallons

    • Rescues
      • Rescue 1
    • Ambulances
      • Ambulance 1,2
    • Forestry Trucks
      • Forestry 1,2
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Pelham Demographics
    • 1985-2000
      • population increase of 30%
        • 1985 8,700people
        • 2000 11,500 people
      • Tax expenditure per dollar for Yr 2000:
        • Fire Department: 2 cents
        • Police Department: 6 cents
        • School District: 72 cents
    • Property Valuation: $623 Million for 2002
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Pelham Demographics-Residential Property
  • Large Square Footage
  • More Insulated Construction
  • Higher Construction
  • More Difficult To Reach
  • More water required for suppression
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

Pelham Demographics-Commercial Property

Large Square Footage Buildings

Large Hazards

30,000 gallon LPG Tank

pelham fire department staffing needs analysis
Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

Pelham Demographics-Commercial Property

  • Tall Structures Not Accessible By Ground Ladders
  • Hazardous Materials
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

Pelham Demographics-Multi-Unit Residential

apparatus personnel deployment
EMS Response or

Medic 1

1 Paramedic

1 EMT-I

At present if EMS call is a basic life support call, the paramedic frequently goes out of town due to staffing.

Fire Response

Engine 1

2 personnel

2 personnel can do little at more than a room and contents fire.

Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

Apparatus & Personnel Deployment
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Apparatus & Personnel Deployment

What can we do now?

TaskFirefighters

Attack Line/ SAR 2 personnel

Pump operations Unmanned

Water Supply Not Done

Incident Command Attack Line Personnel

Ventilation Not Done

Loss Prevention Not Done

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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Staffing Considerations
    • Nationally Recognized Standards
      • NFPA 1500: Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health (2 in 2 out)
        • 8.4.7 “In the initial stages of an incident where only one crew is operating in the hazardous area at a working structure fire, a minimum of 4 individuals shall be required, consisting of 2 individuals working as a crew of 2 in the hazard area and 2 individuals present outside the hazard area available for assistance or rescue at emergency operations where entry into the danger area is required “.
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis
  • Staffing Considerations
    • Nationally Recognized Standards
      • NFPA 1500: Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health
        • 8.5.1 “The fire department shall provide personnel for the rescue of members operating at emergency incidents”.
        • 8.5.2 “A rapid intervention crew shall consist of at least 2 members and shall be available for rescue of a member or a crew.
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis
  • Staffing considerations cont.
    • Nationally Recognized Standards
      • NFPA 1710: Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments
        • First-unit response time 4 minutes 90% of the time
        • Initial Full Assignment response time 8 minutes 90% of the time
        • Company Staffing 4 minimum
        • Assignment staffing 14/15/16/17
        • Initial Arriving Company be able to place an IRIC
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis
  • Staffing considerations cont.
    • Nationally Recognized Standards
      • OSHA 1910.134
    • Set the benchmark for Deployment of Fire Service Organization
    • Provide safe operating practices
    • Has been recognized nationally as the industry standard
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

Tasks/Staffing Needed at a Structure Fire

TaskFirefighters

Attack Line 3 personnel

Pump operations 1 personnel

Water Supply 1 personnel

Search & Rescue 2 personnel

Ventilation/Utility Control 2 personnel

Incident Command/Safety 2 personnel

Back-up line 3 personnel

Rapid Intervention Team 2 personnel

TOTAL: 16 Firefighters

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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Staffing considerations
    • ICMA: International City Managers Association “Managing Fire Services”

“Various controlled and statistically based experiments by some cities and universities reveal that if about sixteen trained firefighters are not operating at the scene of a working fire within the critical time period, then dollar loss and injuries are significantly increased, as are the square feet of fire spread.”

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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Critical Element of Time

0 3 5 6-10 12

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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis
  • NIOSH: Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, Line of Duty Death Report

Commonalities among reports

      • Ensure a RIT team is established and in position immediately upon arrival.
      • Ensure that adequate numbers of staffing are available to operate safely and effectively.
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Recommendations
    • Add one firefighter to three shifts for a total of three new firefighters
    • This will give each shift 3 firefighters

a 50% increase for 3 shifts

    • Hire these firefighters to start simultaneously, thereby preventing any uneven distribution of personnel
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis

  • Impact
    • Increased operational effectiveness
    • Increased safety for fire-fighting personnel
    • Increased survivability for victims
    • Decrease in property loss
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Pelham Fire Department Staffing Needs Analysis
  • Tax Impact

Average Assessed House Value for Pelham

$250,000-$275,000

Based on $275,000 =approx. $16.50/Year