The De Pere Fire Department (WI) will continue working with a reduced number of standy firefighters despite concerns from the fire chief that the department is operating at unsafe staff levels, reports the Green Bay Press Gazette.
The City Council denied Chief Robert Kiser’s request to reinstate a 2011 standby firefighter policy, which allowed the department to call standbys if fewer than six on-duty firefighters were staffing the fire stations.
Under the current policy, the fire department calls in standby firefighters if fewer than four on-duty firefighters are staffing stations. Kiser said the current policy causes stations to go without any staff for hours at a time.
“We have to wait until both stations are empty. …When that happens, we’re going to be out of service,” said Kiser, who added that the department has responded to six fire calls so far this year, including two this month, with fewer firefighters than is required. “If a call comes in on that side (of the city), we have no one to respond. …That’s not good service.”
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