First of all thanks again to Capt Andes for a great speech and bringing these issues to the committee.
Fire Chief Spoke
- Phase 1 purchased of trucks to the tune of 5.1 million for 7 trucks
- Phase 2 is on order to bring 2 105' Quints and 1 pumper
- Two trucks have completely broken down since last meeting and would have cost 30,000 dollars to repair. There was a concern that firefighters would come to work and not have a truck to ride on since the fleet is in such bad shape
- Phase 3 of truck ordering will start next budget year
Chief: Stated the model was hotly debated when the quints came and still is debated to this day. Most cities use Quints as Ladder trucks
Councilman Jewell: Are we winning or losing the debate on the quint concept?
Chief: After phase 3 we can being to modify deployment model based on the Fitch and Associates recommendations. We wouldn't have gone to far down the road of ordering new pieces to change our deployment model. We needed to get new trucks on the road to replace old ones and stop spending so much on repairs
Councilwoman Graziano: Asked if the study would show that we don't need Quints
Chief: Very possible because the data and economics may drive that decision. Considered having just a reserve fleet but the question would be how many to keep in reserves
Councilwoman Graziano: Will the study show what truck works best in what part of the city?
Chief: Yes and the smaller 75 Quints will help relieve driving issues
Chief also stated the issues of food planning for long term incidents and the honor guard have been addressed.
Councilwoman Trammell stated again that if there was ever another time when firefighters or police don't have the food they need she would get it for them and to call her with any issue
Capt Andes spoke on Quint concept and Zoll camera systems and vacancies.
Councilwoman Graziano: Talked to chief about budget issues and how to save money.
Chief: Found a savings of 741,000 dollars in fire department budget
Committee wanted him to go deeper and ask Capt Andes to provide them with the cost comparisions of a Quint vs an Engine.