Memphis Fire Cuts Recommended to City Years Ago

Memphis Fire Cuts Recommended to City Years Ago

Closing fire stations and reducing staff is not a new idea. Years ago the City of Memphis was told the fire department was bloated and reductions were needed.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Closing fire stations and reducing staff is not a new idea. Years ago the City of Memphis was told the fire department was bloated and reductions were needed.

No one wants their neighborhood fire station shut down. But the question is, should the city leaders have made these cuts years ago?

Two reports in the last six years say staff and stations could be cut to reach greater efficiency.

In 2010, a city-initiated report by the Strategic Business Model Assessment Committee found Nashville had 18 fewer fire stations, 700 fewer personnel, and responded to 10 percent more calls.

In 2007, consultants found fire engines and trucks from as many as 10 stations could be eliminated because of overlap in coverage. The report also determined reducing the staff by 230 people would save the city millions and make operations more efficient.

The head of the Memphis Firefighter's Union, Thomas Malone, disagrees with the findings, saying the people who did the studies don't fight fires.

"I saw professors and businessmen, but not anyone who knows about fire suppression or anything about fire operations."

Malone says if the city wants to look at how cutting fire operations will affect the city, bring experts in to Memphis to do a study on our fire operations.

In the last three years the department has already eliminated more than 100 people; now another 92 positions are being eliminated.

The bottom line is, when you include cuts made over the last few years plus the current cuts, you end up where those studies suggested years ago.

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