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04/03/2012 03Ciii Response to Councilman: YFD Brown Outs / ARFF Impact r: R BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. ,3c (.t) For Meeting of: April 3, 2012 ITEM TITLE: YFD Brown Outs /ARFF Impact - Response to Councilman Lover's requst on March 20, 2012 SUBMITTED BY: Dave Willson, Fire Chief CONTACT Chief Willson, 575 -6165 PERSON /TELEPHONE: SUMMARY EXPLANATION: Response to Councilman Lover's requst on March 20, 2012 regarding YFD brown outs and the potential impact of being able to utilize ARFF personnel. • Resolution Other utlon Ordinance (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Source: Phone: APPROVED FOR City Manager SUBMITTAL: ,�' STAFF RECOMMENDATION: BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Click to download MemoYFD Brown Outs /ARFF Impact - Response to Councilman Lovers requst on March 20, 2012 Administration 1 0 14 4 r Suppression westigation Lee' Education 4\4 401 North Front Street, Yakima, WA 98901 (509) 575 -6060 Wing Fax (509) 576 -6356 Communications E NE DEO* www.yakimafire.com March 29, 2012 TO: Honorable Mayor, Members of City Council Michael Morales, Interim City Manager FROM: Dave Willson, Fire Chief 1 SUBJECT: YFD Brown Outs /ARFF Driver Impact At the March 20 Council Meeting Councilman Lover requested and update on YFD's brown out situation and the impact 3 ARFF personnel would have. Brown outs: A brown out occurs when only 5 engine companies can be staffed. When a fire occurs 0 all 5 engine companies are required to respond leaving the City without fire /EMS coverage. As of March 26 YFD has experienced a total of 19 days of brown -outs averaging 6.3 days per month. The monthly average is up slightly over original estimates however, can be attributed to the increase in sick leave usage. Aircraft Rescue Fire Firefighter (ARFF): The ARFF position requires one firefighter per day to be onsite at Station 94 to provide • airport coverage. The annual cost to the City to provide this coverage is approximately $306,605.00. By adding one firefighter to each shift (rather than providing ARFF personnel), YFD would have only experienced a total of 6.5 days of brown outs averaging 2.7 'per month. As I have stated previously, "browning -out" is something that should only be viewed as a temporary, short-term solution. This is not a level of service that should be set as a standard of service for a City our size.