4A & 4B
FIRE DEPARTMENT: SENIOR STAFF CONSOLIDATIONS
The Department’s current complement of upper management positions is unwarranted.
Consolidate Assistant Chief functions and reduce number from four to two. Consolidate battalion districts and reduce number from eight to six.
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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.
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.