05/22/14 514 W - + 5 - 4 Raleigh's Proposed FY15 Budget Announced

The city of Raleigh's proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget was presented to City Council on Tuesday. Read the press release or view the budget documents.

What's on deck for the fire department? Quite a bit! Thirty new positions for two new companies, including the first new ladder company since 2009. And new fire stations, including a rebuild of the city's oldest fire station on Oberlin Road.

Here are some of the highlights, augmented with some additional details from Yours Truly:





Future Facilities:

Readers can check my work. Let me know what I missed.

Raleigh is running five firefighters per rig now? Is that the staffing throughout the city?
stretch - 05/23/14 - 05:02

Stretch, Realistically it is 4.35 persons per company. Each platoon has roughly 170 people assigned to it. Subtract 5 Battalion Chiefs, a Division Chief, A Division Chief Aide, an Investigator and a Fire Marshal. That gives you 161 “firefighters” divided over 37 companies. The city approves 5 persons per platoon per company when establishing a new company. On average a “body” is available 84% of the time when you consider vacation, sick, administrative leave and alternate assignments. Basically it is a “5 assigned equals 4 available” theory, to put it in its simplest terms.
PBM - 05/23/14 - 10:52

How does Raleigh’s budget compare to others in the county?
Joe Diztel - 05/26/14 - 19:47

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