What are we measuring?
Fulton County Fire & Rescue operates ten fire stations. This measure tracks the percentage of 24-hour shifts that are staffed with four firefighters at each station.
Why are we measuring it?
National standards for fire emergency operations state that in the initial stages of an incident where only one crew is operating at a structure fire, a minimum of four individuals shall be required. This allows for two crew members to work in the hazardous area while two members work outside to assist and monitor those members inside.
A recent study by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concluded that the size of firefighting crews has a significant effect on the ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. The study found that crews of four were able to complete 22 essential firefighting and rescue tasks in a typical residential structure fire 30 percent faster than two-person crews and 25 percent faster than three-person crews.
How are we doing?
The department's current number of fire fighter positions allows for only a small percentage of shifts to be staffed at the recommended level of four. Nearly 95 percent of shifts are staffed with three fire fighters or less.