To Safely Fight Basic House Fires, Every Fire Company Must Have a 4 Member Crew
Putting aside all of our high-hazards, we do not even meet the minimum industry standard staffing for a basic house fire!
What the Experts Have to Say
Providence FD Staffing Study showed inadequate staffing is “penny wise, pound foolish”:
“four-person staffing led to a 23.8 percent reduction in injuries, a 25 percent reduction in time lost injuries and a 71 percent decrease in time lost due to injury when compared to three-person staffing”
“the City should consider staffing engine and ladder companies to four as provided in the NFPA 1710” (p. 68)
“[For] a 2000 square-foot, two-story, single-family home without a basement and having no exposures” (§ A.184.108.40.206.1), “[engine] companies shall be staffed with a minimum of four on-duty personnel (§ 220.127.116.11.1)… led by an officer who shall be considered a part of the company (§ 18.104.22.168.2)”. And § 22.214.171.124.1 says the same for truck companies.
Next Priority: Proper Supervision for Every Fire Company