IAFF Reviews Fire Report

Association says it's unclear how Garden City can expect "equal or better performance" as a result of unmanning satellite stations without a risk analysis.

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has released its preliminary review of the village-commissioned  International City/County Management Association (ICMA) fire operations and data analysis report.

Among its findings, the association believes with respect to recommendation #6 - unmanning the satellite fire stations during evening hours -- that absent a risk analysis or comprehensive needs assessment it is unclear how Garden City can "expect equal or better performance as a function of this change."

The rebuttal also notes that ICMA has chosen to use NFPA 1720 as the standard by which the department be measured, "when in fact the backbone of the GCFD is the full-time career personnel making NFPA 1710 the applicable standard."

A .pdf version of the IAFF rebuttal in full is attached.
GC Resident17 January 29, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Does this surprise anyone? The IAFF is the parent organization of the Paid Firefighters. Of course they want more, more manpower = more $$$.
GCres2 January 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Does this surprise anyone? The ICMA is the parent consultant of trustees across the country. Of course, trustees want reduced services = less $$$.
Greg Blair January 30, 2013 at 05:25 PM
There's a way to get together on this issue that will cut the budget even more and leave the satellite houses manned with professionals, but we need to get both sides to sit down and discuss shift scheduling, early retirements and long term staffing commitments. That would require a level of trust that is apparently in short supply.


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