The city has confirmed plans to hire a professional fire service consultant to analyze the department in the hopes of preventing tragedies, reports Boston 25 News.
The city’s fire chief acknowledges that nine firefighter deaths in just two decades is high compared to other fire departments. The fire chief added that the conditions his firefighters face are more dangerous. We have 5,000-plus 100-year-old three-deckers in the city, which are balloon-framed.
The consultant will assess the department’s operations, staffing, training and more, comparing Worcester’s standards to other fire departments across the nation. The department’s training facility is just one of the many areas the consulting group will be analyzing.