According to a report from The Davis Vanguard, Davis (CA) Fire Department (DFD) Chief Joe Tenney spoke on the importance of adding a ladder truck to the department’s fleet to DFD to commission members at the city’s Finance and Budget Commission Meeting on Monday, March 8.
Tenney presented five critical resource needs of his department: a 100-foot aerial ladder truck, more administrative staff, a replacement for DFD Fire Station 31, and a new training facility. He also detailed the equipment on the ladder trucks, requiring an aerial ladder, ground ladder complements, portable lightings, special rescue tools (for both technical rescues and confined space rescues) and power generators.
Tenney proceeded to list the recommendations provided by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). According to the NFPA, 17 personnel members are recommended for issues occurring at a residence, 28 personnel for a three-story apartment and open-air/strip malls, and 42 personnel for high-rises.
Tenney also listed possible funding sources for the department’s needs such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s SAFER and Assistance for Firefighters grants.
If the motion for the ladder is passed, the commission must present the proposal to the Davis City Council in a document with Tenney’s and their proposals included.