FIRE DEPARTMENT: SENIOR STAFF CONSOLIDATIONS

4A & 4B
FIRE DEPARTMENT: SENIOR STAFF CONSOLIDATIONS

 

Problem Identification:
The Department’s current complement of upper management positions is unwarranted.

Recommended Action:
Consolidate Assistant Chief functions and reduce number from four to two. Consolidate battalion districts and reduce number from eight to six.

Classification:
Cost Savings, Organizational

Functional/Operational Area:
Management

Estimated Annual Impact:
$650,000

Estimated Implementation Cost:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
None

Projected Implementation:
Immediately

Next Step:
Redefine battalion district lines and reallocate stations assigned to the remaining six battalion districts. For Assistant Chiefs and Battalion Chiefs not eligible for retirement, reassign and follow reduction-in-force guidelines.

Analysis:
The present senior management structure of the Department is shown below with emphasis on field operations:

The Department currently operates 61 first-line engines and trucks companies from 45 stations (including the fireboat). A reduction to 53 companies in 38 stations would allow for a sufficient level of control and would permit a reduction of two battalion chief districts. Four battalion districts would have six stations each and two districts would have seven stations, one of which would include the fireboat.

While a shift commander is required for each working shift, the number of existing assistant chief positions is excessive. The number of assistant chiefs could be reduced to two: one for field operations and the other to be responsible for all supporting services.