Eastern Fire/EMS Substation Commission
Through February 1, 2023, the Eastern Fire/EMS Substation Committee will work to answer the question of whether there is a need for a staffed fire/EMS substation in the eastern area of the city. As part of that review, if the committee determines there is a need, the committee should make recommendations on several high level decisions, including:
- Where should the station be located?
- What services (and equipment) should be delivered from the station?
- Are there non-fire/EMS services that are currently critically needed by the City that could be incorporated into the station?
- The labor agreement between the Labor Union and City supports the employment of so-called ‘per diem’ staff to supplement the full-time members. Should the station be designed to incorporate these employees as well?
To address these questions, the committee will be specifically charged with the following:
- The committee will evaluate the need for a staffed eastern substation.
- The committee will review the programing needs to gauge the scope and size requirements of a potential eastern substation.
- Should a need for such a substation to exist, the committee will recommend a location for an eastern substation that considers response times and other factors that would support the location recommended.
- The committee will consider capital costs and ongoing operational costs as significant factors in their development of any recommendations.
- The committee will review capital costs of any recommendations.
- The committee will review the findings and recommendations of the Center for Public Safety Management report. It shall consider that report as a fair, unbiased expert consultant engaged for the City.
William EmhiserChair; Ward 1 Councilor