Prosperous and Safe: That’s Our Vision of New Rochelle’s Future
So, what is a DGEIS?
With New Rochelle’s exciting development plans, our heads are spinning with all the acronyms that have been flying around! DGEIS stands for “Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement”, which is an analysis of the impact which the new development will have on our city – including the fire department, police, schools, traffic, and the Department of Public Works.
“Draft” denotes that this statement is an initial version, which may be revised after the public has had a chance to comment. “Generic” means that, unlike many impact statements that refer to a single building project, this one is about all the potential projects made possible by the new zoning.
We’re Off to a Good Start
We are pleased that the current DGEIS addresses the needs of the New Rochelle Fire Department. However, its analysis was necessarily superficial, because it could only devote a fraction of its attention to the Fire Depatment, because, understandably, all the other agencies had to be considered.
The Experts Come to the Rescue
Thankfully, we do not need much analysis, because two years ago the city paid for a thorough analysis of the fire department by independent experts, which clearly and thoroughly laid out the path to a fire department capable of protecting the inspiring New Rochelle projected in the developers’ vision, which is a continuation of our administration’s admirable goals.
What We Need
To ensure the safety of New Rochelle’s residents, visitors, and firefighters, here are some of the most important recommendations to prepare the New Rochelle Fire Department for our future, taken from national industry standards and the 2013 fire study:
- Raise Crew Size to Safely Fight All Fires
- As a First Step, Raise Crew Size to Safely Fight House Fires
- Proper Supervision for Every Fire Company
- Ensure Acceptable Response Times
- Dedicated Heavy Rescue Crew
A Unique Opportunity
While financial considerations prevented these recommendations from being implemented in the past, given the City’s “great financial condition”, and impressive development plan, we look forward to beginning the conversation to get our fire department safely staffed and prepared as soon as possible!