to Budget & Finance Committee with a report on the rates being charged to RAP for water and power to ensure RAP is getting the best deal possible.
LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT- Deployment Issues
I have grave concerns about the LAFD’s modified deployment plan, which has caused
significant cuts in resources and personnel in the 11th District, putting lives of Los Angelesresidents and LAFD personnel at risk. Those concerns are underscored and magnified
considerably by the LAFD’s recent proposal to divert firefighters from trucks to ambulances.
I have three (3) questions for LAFD, and a request for one (1) report back:Questions:
Why are we cutting a firefighter off all 11 light force companies at stations that alreadylost a four-member engine company?
This reduces fire company staffing by 50%, from10 personnel to just five on a single remaining fire suppression company.
The primary justification for the additional 11 ambulances relates to a 6.2 percentincrease in EMS incidents in the first two months of 2013, compared to the first twomonths of 2012. The departme
nt’s EMS Surge Plan implemented in January 2013 (and
recently discontinued) attributed this spike
primarily to 'this year's flu epidemic.’
Is this6.2 percent increase the only data this plan relies on?"
What is the urgency behind having this plan take effect on May 5th, and why do we need to wait 13 days after implementation to get a formal written report on such a significant staffing change? Will the report look at more than just the overall data to justify thedecision, and will it analyze individual district impacts, particularly in the geographically isolated communities?
Request: I request that LAFD
on whether its data analysis considers the following whenmaking resource and staffing decisions:
Distance between stations (based on actual available response routes, not as the crowflies)
Ability to provide quick and adequate station backfill (resource coverage)
Response times to concurrent calls in isolated fire station districts (need for redundantresources regardless of call volume)
Routine traffic conditions
Traffic mitigation and control devices
Specific street by street access issues (narrow roads, canyons and hillside streets)