According to a report from WTSP, after learning that Tampa (AL) Fire Rescue’s (TFR’s) Fire Station 13 was handling one in seven calls throughout the city, the temporary steps that were being taken in January to reduce stresses on that overburdened station look as if they are working.
TFR members were getting burned out, and response times were lagging. So, in January, Tampa City Councilman Luis Viera voiced his displeasure at the statistics. So, city leaders demanded the TFR do something “right here, right now” to address the problem.
A presentation made to city council members on Thursday showed that those adjustments were having an effect.
For instance, the addition of another advanced life support unit to Station 13 and well as spreading peak work hours over seven days rather than five, the station has rapidly seen double-digit reductions in calls for service per day vs. the same period last year; this includes both fire suppression and rescue crews.
Another big impact was the decision to move an apparatus to nearby Station 11, which has resulted in a reduction of dispatch calls of nearly 50 percent for that unit.
There are additional, long-term solutions in the works, which is good news not only for overburdened TFR firefighters but also for civilians served by Station 13.