The Ocean Shores firefighters keep saying how busy they are…but apparently not too busy to bang the mutiny drums (via a FB post yesterday)
To the citizens, Today it has come to our attention that there has been a request to amend the 2022 budget for the Fire Department. In that amended budget there are no additional firefighter/EMS positions. But there is a request to hire another administrator with the hire of an assistant fire chief. We cannot in any way support the addition of another administrative position until we have adequate staffing for operations. 2020 was our busiest year on record and 2021 is going to be 300+ calls more than last year. We will be at nearly 3000 calls this year and we have a 4-person minimum staffing in our department. Our percentage of calls that are happening simultaneously have increased nearly 50%. Another administrator will not help with that or with staffing the south station.Yesterday we had a van explosion. We had one member fight that fire by himself. The city administrator, Scott Andersen, had to help load hose back onto the fire engine. Until we are staffed to a point where that is not necessary, and our city administrator is not loading fire hose, we cannot support the addition of non-operational personnel.
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