Some departments still struggle with the number of members on apparatus. If training is also key, should we train with one- and two-person companies? E-mail us your replies for magazine consideration.
It is an embarrassing fact that for the past 30 years the staffing of fire apparatus has continued to decline.
In today’s world of budgeting constraints, gone are the days of responding to a fire with excessive personnel.
The Program Guidance is an important document for any interested applicant as it provides details regarding eligibility and priorities of the two activities that will be funded under the program, specifically, the Hiring of Firefighters Activity and the Recruitment and Retention of Volunteer Firefighters Activity.
The top three challenges cited overall were staffing (61 percent of respondents listed this as a concern), funding (55 percent), and increased demands for service (23 percent).
Eligible applicants for SAFER grants include fire departments (for the hiring of firefighters) and state or local organizations as well as volunteer and combination fire departments (for volunteer recruitment and retention grants).
The SAFER Act of 2003 amends the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to require the establishment of an office within the United States Fire Administration to administer a grant program to make direct four-year grants to State career, volunteer, and combination fire departments for staff increases.
New Jersey Congressman, author of the FIRE Act, calls current situation "unconscionable."
Although the ambulance service costs for Kane County, Ill., continued to rise (from $173,238 in 1976 to $593,600 in 1982), the service delivery stayed the same. Two ambulances, each staffed by two paramedics, operated out of two area hospitals 24 hours a day to service the cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles.