You see it every day of the week – a Montega fire engine in the parking lot of a local supermarket.
And it’s twice as hard as when it’s a 100-foot aerial platform fire engine.
Montega Mayor Ben Conte believes this is “bad optics” for the average Montegaon.
Condo’s comments came during a Montega City Council workshop on Tuesday on the proposed 2021-2022 capital development plan, which he advised not to ask for more money from interim fire chief Dave Marx.
Department – Create Fact – Advanced Demands to do their job and keep the community safe. That’s why the $ 1.8 million spending request has been approved by the office of interim city manager Michael Horton.
There is no doubt that this is the point you want to make. He attacked it in five campaigns demanding election to the council. He continues to thrive in the two plus years he was elected mayor.
Kant believes that instead of asking what they need on a budget each year, employees are submitted for decades to ask only what they know.
That may have been the case in the past, but the current city administration needs some credit for the staff to be prudent, to look ahead, to be efficient, and to think without taking the box out. Providing their eyes and important services on the proverbial ball.
Conte believes the city needs a 100-foot ladder truck, but does not need to run it for medical emergencies, and worries that the $ 1 million machine had short lead time of use triggers a $ 1.4 million replacement 11 years after the machine was put into service.
This would require hiring nine additional firefighters as a ladder truck, which goes almost exclusively to the fire, but not medical calls, which make up the bulk of the department’s calls.
This is because firefighters still need to keep the fire engine assigned to the station where the aerial truck is parked human.
The base of wage costs alone represents 1.2 million a year.
Montega paid handsomely last year to an external consultant to access the status of the service provided by the department, ways to improve it and recommendations for future actions. It supports what department employees have been saying for years. The next logical and most cost-effective step is not to build a sixth fire station, Conte insists, but to finance a second machinery company at the Union Road Fire Station within the next six to 10 years.
The station currently handles 20-plus calls. It is strategically located from 120 bypass and is the hub for development north of the freeway and undeveloped areas south of the freeway.
It is at the center of all the “big architecture” – Spreckles Park, Great Wolf / Airport Way Pavement, and the South Main Retail and Nearby Industrial Park area.
The station is designed for two engine companies, including a 100-foot aerial truck. When the city gets to the point where it needs another engine company, it can fund it, and the aerial truck will be moved there and a standard fire engine will replace it at Powers Avenue station.
The reason why the current 100-foot truck is no longer parked on Union Road is simple. It has a high number of calls, and it will further accelerate wear and tear on the department’s most expensive aerial truck.
Conte’s assumption that the department is somehow underestimating Montega or moving to that location quickly is confusing.
He praised the department a few months ago after it was presented with a report from the council’s external adviser.
This is a fair compliment. Response times for fire and medical emergencies are always within the five-minute target. The department’s performance in keeping the city safe has been rated 2nd by the Office of Insurance Services. This is only 3 percent of the country’s 27,228 fire departments.
Placing an aerial truck at a station instead of a stationary engine underscores how Montega achieved such a rating, which is reflected in the same insurance premiums for homeowners and businesses.
The city is not yet in a position to work on an aerial truck alone. Yet an aerial truck cannot have the capabilities it brings.
Monteka was the one who came to Johnny for aerial trucks in South County. Tracy, Latrap and even Ribbon were there many years before Monteka.
He said the department has brought the aerial truck into effective use. Over the past 40 days, it has been proud to have saved two commercial structures from catching fire – Sami’s Tire on North Main Street and Old City Hall on Maple Avenue in Montega. Many years ago, it was important to keep the fire in the DeSoro apartment complex under construction until additional aerial trucks arrived from the surrounding jurisdictions. As a result, more than half of the buildings were saved, which would have been lost if the first response had been sustainable fire engine companies.
The cost difference between a new fire engine and a new aerial truck is approximately 900,000.
That means that for the next six years, 000 900,000 for the Monteca – when development and funding justify the addition of a second machinery company at Union Road Station – will benefit from an aerial truck.
In the meantime they avoid 2 7.2 million in staff costs. The 000 900,000 spent on the replacement aerial truck makes it a prudent, efficient and effective operation that keeps the high quality of the Montega Fire without irresponsible funding, undermining long-term efforts to keep all stations fully staffed.
According to those fire trucks in the supermarket parking lot, firefighters work 48-hour shifts and then leave for three days. Firefighters feed themselves with their own money – not the city – so travel to the supermarket.
The community could not be worse off keeping any of the three firefighters away from their machine during their shifts. They can respond together as a team wherever they are.
Departments such as Los Angeles respond to medical emergencies with rescuers who are stationed at fire stations with machinery companies.
Monteka is not in a position to justify such action by call size or revenue.
Instead, over the years the Montega Fire Department has wisely listed a curriculum that provides its commitment to protecting the lives and property of the community in which they work.
This column is the opinion of author Dennis Wyatt, and does not refer to the comments of The Bulletin or 209 Multimedia. Can reach him [email protected]