Augusta Fire Department alters south side plan

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 7:29 PM
Last updated 10:48 PM
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The Augusta Fire Department is further revising its response plan for the city's south side after a recent decision to no longer dispatch an aerial ladder truck to small residential fires created unease within the department and among some residents.

Instead of the aerial truck housed at Station 6 on Richmond Hill Road responding to all house fires south of Tobacco Road, the department is placing into service and staffing another vehicle, Service Truck 5, at Station 19 on Brown Road.

Service Truck 5 is a 1993 International 4600 with a crew cab used to transport multiple extension ladders and other equipment, according to Augusta Fleet Manager Ron Crowden.

The International has a lower silhouette than Aerial Truck 4, which is more costly to repair, Crowden said.

The change came about after a Monday meeting involving Augusta Fire Chief Howard Willis, the department's battalion chiefs, two deputy chiefs and Deputy Administrator Bill Shanahan.

The aerial truck will continue its response to all industrial, school and large building fires in addition to when the incident commander deems it necessary, according to a statement issued Tuesday from the city.

The city will promote and pay three firefighters overtime as necessary to maintain a staff for Service Truck 5 "until an alternative staffing arrangement can be established," the statement says.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/23/11 - 08:17 pm
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Changing Fire Safety Plans

Changing Fire Safety Plans due to Public Opinion or discorse is absurd. I don't pretend to know which plan is best but do know we should be going by National Standards not public opinions or ideas from commissoners.

We all know the Fire Department Leaders are under great pressure to conform to any requests of the commission and budgets are tight so and outside agency opinion would be best. It may not be what is done (often isn't) but at least we would know what is best for our area.

How can this be acheived? Well, frankly, our Fire Department should be accredited and evaluated by efficient accrediting agencies.

Accreditation is a way to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of a fire department by determining community risks and fire safety needs, accurately evaluating the organization’s performance, and providing a method for continuous improvement.

Furthermore, we need this for law enforcements as well. It will clearly show that RCSO is greatly understaffed and underfunded. Additionally, lack of funds for training continue to place officers lives in jeopardy as well as when they need assistance in dangerous situations.

Lets make the city better and do our best to go with national accrediting agencies that have performed extensive research to determine the best needs and procedurs for Public Safety Agencies.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 08/23/11 - 08:57 pm
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Wwhy do we not have a

Wwhy do we not have a volunteer fire department to fill in the gaps?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/23/11 - 10:01 pm
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Taylor B, very good comment.

Taylor B, very good comment. At the very least, we should have volunteers working/serving alongside our paid personnel. Reserve's in Public Safety provide an excellent service.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 08/24/11 - 06:25 am
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and why do we not have
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and why do we not have vounteer deputies?
Thank you, augusta journalists, for paying attention to this.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/24/11 - 06:42 am
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The county is not growing.

The county is not growing. You have to start downsizing government services. Kudos to Chief Willis presiding over something no one wants to do. Every community can't be expected to have the equipment and personnel a large city's fire department has.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/24/11 - 06:47 am
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I used to have a place in

I used to have a place in Bamberg County on the Edisto River and my cousin ran a restaurant where many came to just drink beer in Branchville nearby.

There was once a fire in the woods by the houses on the river. We called the county fire department, but they couldn't find it and never showed up.

My cousin had a guy make trouble in his place and called the Sheriff. They came by two days later.

Ask not what your county can do for you.......

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/24/11 - 08:16 am
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The county did have a

The county did have a volunteer fire dept. it was called Suburban Fire Dept. located on Richmond Hill Rd.---great at that time BUT progress took over & the voters VOTED for the consolidation of the county plan...the county changed--the government changed--the whole dang thing was Gone With The Wind......

double_standard
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double_standard 08/24/11 - 08:45 am
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A volunteer fire department

A volunteer fire department now I have heard it all. You people need to get with it. This is city has over 100k residents. If many of you would have read the memo and letter published in on wrdw's website you would have understand its not about the truck but the loss of manpower. Maybe this would be more cost effective if Fred and the commission focused on the needs of the community.

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