Experts Support Four-Person Staffing on Fire Engines/Trucks
Since 2004, the Long Beach Fire Department has lost 30 sworn
positions and is now below 1970's staffing levels when the department responded to
5000 emergency calls, compared to 2010's 48,525 calls. The Long Beach
Firefighters are especially concerned about a city proposal to cut staffing
onboard firefighting units from four to three, since this will cause completely
unnecessary life-threatening delays.
California law requires that there must be four firefighters
on scene before a unit can deploy personnel into
a fire. If a unit arrives with only three firefighters, it has to wait for
back-up wasting critical time since fire doubles in size every minute. Lost
time results in greater danger to those in the building, those fighting the
fire, the structure itself and surrounding neighbors.
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