On March 22, the city council was informed by the fire chief that it was going to cost approximately $1.25 million to replace the aging arial Ladder 1, a 1995 Pierce heavy-duty ladder truck.
Aerial 1 is out of service.
The old Ladder 2 truck was sold many months back for $5,000.
This leaves only Aerial ladder 2 in working order. It is housed in the Ferry Street fire station.
Councilor Mike McLaughlin asked the chief to give an overview of the ladder truck situation.
“We are on borrowed time,” the chief replied.
Who is on borrowed time, we all should wonder?
Is it the people of Everett who rely on the rapid response of the fire department who are on borrowed time?
Is it the firefighters who need working equipment when it comes to matters of life and death when a building is on fire? The city has one aerial truck to rely on right now. The second ladder truck is out of service and so is virtually and physically useless.
What does transitioning the Everett Fire Department mean? What is the mayor trying to do with the Fire Department? Why isn’t the Fire Chief resisting the change? Reduction in staffing instead of hiring as promised? Closing stations?
Not purchasing or upgrading equipment or stations? Slower response time? What effect if any would it have on mutual aid? Reduction or longer wait times for inspections? Putting lives at risk?
One slow year in fatal fires is great news but it should not automatically result in cutbacks or changes in operation.
If we turn our back on the fire department, there will be fatalities and injuries.
A city with a growing population and housing is not the time to take chances.
Too many Everett homes are built close together, easily allowing a fire to spread.
If we have firehouses responding to multiple injury or illness calls. what happens if a major fire were to then break out in the city? What if a second broke out at the same time? Ambulance calls can easily take up to twenty-thirty minutes while the patient is being assessed.
Mayor, chief making case that stats say call numbers do not support increase
By JOSH RESNEK
The mayor and Fire Chief Anthony Carli are using statistics to downplay the need for an additional 20 firefighters or more to keep the city safe.
The mayor and Carli are trying to make the case that the fire department will likely shrink in numbers if fire suppression calls continue going down.
The mayor and Carli also agree that the EFD needs to be more of a medical response team as the future unfolds repeating a fact that has been the case for several generations.
Firefighters in Everett respond to every call for medical aid.
The relegation of fire suppression to a second class division of the EFD because of declining statistics is a ruse used in many cities and towns to underfund fire departments.
However, it has been shown over the years that fatal fires or multi-call fires, no matter how few of them there might be, remain the single greatest reason for keeping the fire department at full employment and ready to respond.