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  • Too Many Fire Station?

    How many of you belong to a department that is in a town that has to many stations?

    Our department is located 10 miles east of Pittsburgh, we are a volunteer organization that runs both fire & EMS. The town has a population of 30,000 by night and 200,000 during the day, the town is 25 sq miles and we operate out of 5 stations. Apparatus includes 2 Trucks, 9 Class A Engines, 1 Mini Pumper, 2 Rescue Squads, 1 Air Truck, 1 Command Truck, 8 ALS Ambulances, 5 Squads, 5 Chiefs Units. Each station has a 1st due response area of approx 5 sq miles. There are approx 1200 Fire/Rescue calls and 3200 EMS calls each year. The general consensus is that we need to merge into 3 stations, what do you folks think?

  • #2
    jeez..Ithink you could do with 1 station.
    How close are they to each other?
    In PG County, MD they have stations that are less then 5 blocks from each other. Now THATS ridiculous...

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    • #3
      I am also from Prince George's County, MD. There are too many firehouses too close to each other.

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      • #4
        Each fire house is anywhere from 3 to 5 miles from one another.

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        • #5
          WOW! Do you man the station with Vollies or have response to station with personell? That is neat that you have that many stations. I think it would be benificial to have that many stations, both to support the amount of apparatus needed to protect 200,000 and to strategicly locate resources throughout the city.

          Stay safe,

          Mark

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