New Rochelle, NY Local 273 is speaking out against
inadequate staffing and a fire incident that sent five members to the hospital
while battling a house fire recently.
The local says most units are staffed with three fire fighters – one below
the minimum industry standard of four. The local says not having the proper
staffing resulted in fire fighters being injured and the top floor of the house
The local conducted an outreach campaign encouraging
supporters to contact the city’s senior project manager to help boost staffing.
The IAFF collaborated with NIST showing the size of
fire-fighting crews and arrival times have a substantial effect on fire fighters’
ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. Read more about the
study in the Fire Fighter quarterly.