Engine Companies with 5th Firefighter Staffing Restored
The Fire Department has informed the UFA as of 1800 hours, Tuesday, December 26th, the 5th firefighter has been restored to all Group 2 Engine Companies.
The Department performed further evaluations and members suffering from WTC related illnesses were contributing to the absence rate. They have subtracted these members and the absentee rate is now below the 7.50% threshold. As we previously mentioned, the city put a price on adding additional manning and in order to provide a 5th firefighter to Engine Companies, the 7.50% absentee rate was agreed to.
In the wake of recent tragedies across the city, the ever present dangers of our job have come to light. The cold weather season is upon us and once again, this is a dangerous job, injuries are unpredictable, and for the most part, unavoidable. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.