Staffing Shortage

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

A Valley fire department has almost half the number of full time firefighters they are supposed to have under national guidelines.

Currently, each shift in Waynesboro has nine staff members when national standards say there should be 15 to 17 full time workers available to be at the scene within eight minutes.

In the past ten years, Chief Charles Scott said they have added two workers per shift.

This year he has asked City Council for funding to hire new members, but the City Manager has not recommended doing so.

The Chief is concerned with each year that passes without upping the staffing numbers.

"Not only are we below staffing levels for a single incident, but when we are confronted with a multiple incident scenario, then we are at greater risk for personnel safety as well as for the safety of the citizens who we are serving," he said.

He also wants additional administrative positions, since he basically fills the only one right now.


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