Six Ohio Fire Fighters Hired With SAFER Funds Make a Difference
2013 – Piqua, OH Local 252 and the Piqua Fire Department hired six new fire
fighters thanks to a $1 million
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response SAFER
grant. The new fire fighters
have been on the job only since March 11, but Local 252 has already noticed
significant improvements in emergency response capabilities.
Front Row from left: Matthew Dilsaver, Jonathan Minton, Bradon Lavy and Lyndon Kauffman |
Back Row from Left: Dustin Lacy and Tyler Beard
“We can now run all of our fire calls with four fire fighters on an engine,”
says Piqua Local 252 President Robert Bloom. “And, we also have been able to
cover multiple medical calls simultaneously. We are so pleased to be able to
serve our citizens better.”
fighters provide full-service response to both fire and medical emergencies,
including hospital transport. Until the six new fire fighters were hired, first
engine crews to most fires only had three on board.
than not, we had to wait until a medic or fire fighters were called in on
overtime before we could do an interior attack,” Bloom explains. “Until we had
the right numbers on the fire ground, we did the best we could from the outside.
It was frustrating because we knew, for safety reasons, we needed to get inside
as quickly as possible.”
requested a Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis from the IAFF. The
finished report recommended that the minimum staffing be 12 fire fighters per
shift instead of the existing nine fire fighters per shift in order to ensure
safety for citizens and fire fighters and adequate property protection.
fighters brought their staffing concerns, as well as the idea to apply for a
SAFER grant to the city manager, who supported the grant application.