Fewer Stations Without Layoffs
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, FIRE CHIEF CHUCK HUBBARD is expected to meet with the city council tonight (Monday) and present a plan to improve the fire department's response times and coverage of the service area.
Ann Arbor has seen its fire protection shrink in the past ten years with the closing of one of their six fire stations and a 30% reduction in the number of firefighters on duty. A recent study by the ICMA knocked the city for not meeting the minimum standards for responses and 2-in-2-out practice.
Chief Hubbard's plan which will be presented at an open meeting calls for the closing of two more stations and rearranging the apparatus to better utilize the staffing. AnnArbor.com, the city's digital newspaper, reports:
Hubbard's restructuring proposal is aimed at making sure the fire department is better suited toward meeting national standards, including the NFPA rule that says four firefighters should arrive at a fire within four minutes 90 percent of the time, and 13 firefighters should arrive within eight minutes 90 percent of the time.
The proposed restructuring plan calls for positioning two engines, one tower, one mini pumper and one battalion chief at Station 1 downtown. Another two engines and one mini pumper would be positioned at Station 2, and one ladder truck would be positioned at Station 5 off Plymouth Road near the University of Michigan's North Campus.
Hubbard claims the staffing proposal enables four firefighters to be dispatched to most scenes within the recommended industry response times.
The chief's 15-page plan can be viewed HERE (.pdf file).
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