Article 15


Shall the town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $138,901 for the purpose of hiring and equipping four new Firefighter/EMT positions? The amount raised equals the costs from July to December, 2007 after which the position, if approved, will be funded through the Fire Department operating budget. (Recommended by Selectmen) (Recommended by Budget Committee) (Majority Vote Required)

Status

Originator Board of Selectmen
Board of Selectmen 5-0-0 Recommended
Budget Committee 9-2-0 Recommended (Doug Viger - no, Dennis Viger - no)

Voter's Guide Explanation

This warrant proposes to increase staffing of the Fire Department to 4 Firefighter/EMT's per shift with a minimum level of EMT-Intermediate.  This will also allow us to respond to incidents with the appropriate manpower.


Backup Data


  • Fire Department Presentation as Presented to the Board of Selectmen (Alternative - Microsoft PowerPoint Web Format)
  • November 6, 2005 - 1036 calls

  • November 6, 2006 - 1165 calls

  • Calls are up approximately 12 ½ % in 2006

  • Multiple Calls: We are in a multiple call situation approximately 40% to 45% of the time.

  • Going from 3 to 4 firefighters increases our efficiency in attacking a fire from 71.3% to 84.7%.  It increases our chances of locating a victim from 82.8% to 96.1%.

  • Most experts agree that 4 responders are the minimum required to provide advanced cardiac care to a victim. Source – “Dallas Fire Dept. Staffing Level Study,”  McManis Associates, June 1984

  • If we do not have a second engine, our efficiency in attacking a fire is 0.0%; with a second 4-man engine, it is 77.9%. Source – “Dallas Fire Dept. Staffing Level Study,”  McManis Associates, June 1984

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