05/16/06 483 W - + 18 - 15 RFD Budget Highlights

From the Public Safety section of the 2006-2007 proposed budget :

Highlighted Budget Changes (July 2006 June 2007)

- Fire Station 28, which will be located near the intersection of Mitchell Mill and Forestville Roads, is projected to open March 2007. Fifteen personnel, five per shift, will staff the station. A pumping engine will be used for emergency response and will carry both firefighting and emergency medical equipment including a defibrillator.

. - Funding for a new Facility Manager will relieve the assistant chief of routine facility maintenance and repair responsibilities. Since 1999, five new stations and a new fleet maintenance services facility have opened. A sixth station is scheduled to open in March 2007. The fleet has also grown considerably. Current division staff can no longer meet the needs of the department in this area.

- A new Planner I position will prepare and maintain a strategic plan for the Fire Department, provide assistance to other departmental staff in the pursuit of accreditation, evaluate ways to enable the Fire Department to achieve a higher ISO rating, serve as the liaison with other governmental and regulatory agencies, coordinate with city and county planning departments to ascertain future fire station needs and locations, provide GIS analysis for graphic reporting and planning, and serve in an advisory capacity to the Fire Chief.

- A Systems Analyst Programmer will assist in providing technological support to the 523 users at 29 locations.

- Eight fire inspectors from the Inspections Department were moved to the Fire Department. This move is consistent with the recent Land Development Process Improvement report, the Farragut study.

- Funding is included to replace a ladder truck and a pumping engine.

- The impact of rising utility and fuel costs are reflected in the budget.

- Wireless service for fire inspectors will enhance productivity and enhance access to current building inspection information. This will also make building inspection data available to firefighters immediately.

- Replace defibrillators used by engine, truck, and rescue companies. Current defibrillators do not meet American Heart Association recommendations for cardiac resuscitation.

- Provide for firefighters to receive Hepatitis A vaccinations and to be tested for exposure to hepatitis as recommended by the CDC.

- Funds included for projected maintenance costs for the new training tower.

- Increase included for vehicle/apparatus maintenance and repair. The increase is necessary based upon recent repair cost experience. The FY06 budget year began with a backlog of apparatus repairs that had been postponed because of FY05 budget shortages. At mid-year, the FY06 budget required a transfer.

- Increase the number of computers available for shift personnel from one per station to two.

- With the implementation of this system in early 2006 came charges from Wake County to cover its investment in and maintenance of the 800 Mhz infrastructure. Although this will be an increased cost for the city, the enhanced communications allowed by this system should be an asset to emergency responders.

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