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      Complaint Issued Against Town of Scituate For Changing Fire Promotional Process Without Bargaining

      April 15, 2015

      Following an investigation, the Department of Labor Relations today issued a complaint alleging that the Town of Scituate violated its legal obligations to Scituate Firefighters Union, Local 1464 by unilaterally adding components to Lieutenant promotional process. Attorney Patrick Bryant represented Local 1464 during the DLR investigation.

      For decades, the Town relied exclusively upon standard Civil Service process to promote fire fighters to the rank of Lieutenant. Candidates were ranked based upon a mixture of examination score (80 percent of ranking) and education and experience (20 percent of ranking). In December 2014, the Town changed the process by adding an assessment center and/or oral interview component. The Town provided no notice to the Union or opportunity to bargain prior to adding these components.

      The validity of the Town's actions now will be determined through an evidentiary hearing by a DLR hearing officer and by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board

      Fire operations

      Minimum staffing for fire suppression services

      NFPA 1710 outlines the following minimum requirements for staffing fire suppression services (based upon operations for a 2000 square-foot, two-story, single-family occupancy with no basement, exposures or unusual hazards):

       

      • A minimum of four fire fighters per engine company or truck company (§ 5.2.2.1.1).

       

      • Quint apparatus staffed as an engine or truck company (four fire fighters) or be staffed with additional personnel to perform multiple engine/truck company tasks  (§ 5.2.2.4).

       

      • Supervisory Chief Officers are required to respond as part of all full alarm incidents (§ 5.2.1.2.3).

       

      The Standard sets requirements for the number of personnel required per company, not per apparatus.  Therefore, if a company is composed of two or more engines, it can staff each engine with two personnel, as long as the company contains a minimum of four personnel continually operating together (§ A.3.3.8).  Since most jurisdictions deploy one engine or truck per company, most jurisdictions must staff each engine or truck with a minimum of four personnel.

       

      Note that the above criteria applies to low hazard situations in single-family occupancies as described above. In jurisdictions with tactical hazards, high hazard occupancies, high incident frequencies, or geographical restrictions, companies must be staffed with a minimum of five or six on-duty members (§ 5.2.2.1.2).  The number of additional fire fighters above four is predicated on the specific duties to be accomplished at these high hazard locations as well as the time requirements associated with initiating these tasks.

           
       
      Complaint Issued Against Town of Scituate For Changing Fire Promotional Process Without Bargaining

      Complaint Issued Against Town of Scituate For Changing Fire Promotional Process Without Bargaining

      April 15, 2015

      Following an investigation, the Department of Labor Relations today issued a complaint alleging that the Town of Scituate violated its legal obligations to Scituate Firefighters Union, Local 1464 by unilaterally adding components to Lieutenant promotional process. Attorney Patrick Bryant represented Local 1464 during the DLR investigation.

      For decades, the Town relied exclusively upon standard Civil Service process to promote fire fighters to the rank of Lieutenant. Candidates were ranked based upon a mixture of examination score (80 percent of ranking) and education and experience (20 percent of ranking). In December 2014, the Town changed the process by adding an assessment center and/or oral interview component. The Town provided no notice to the Union or opportunity to bargain prior to adding these components.

      The validity of the Town's actions now will be determined through an evidentiary hearing by a DLR hearing officer and by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board

       
           

           
       
      SFD study 2014

       
           

           
       
      NFPA Staffing

      Fire operations

      Minimum staffing for fire suppression services

      NFPA 1710 outlines the following minimum requirements for staffing fire suppression services (based upon operations for a 2000 square-foot, two-story, single-family occupancy with no basement, exposures or unusual hazards):

       

      • A minimum of four fire fighters per engine company or truck company (§ 5.2.2.1.1).

       

      • Quint apparatus staffed as an engine or truck company (four fire fighters) or be staffed with additional personnel to perform multiple engine/truck company tasks  (§ 5.2.2.4).

       

      • Supervisory Chief Officers are required to respond as part of all full alarm incidents (§ 5.2.1.2.3).

       

      The Standard sets requirements for the number of personnel required per company, not per apparatus.  Therefore, if a company is composed of two or more engines, it can staff each engine with two personnel, as long as the company contains a minimum of four personnel continually operating together (§ A.3.3.8).  Since most jurisdictions deploy one engine or truck per company, most jurisdictions must staff each engine or truck with a minimum of four personnel.

       

      Note that the above criteria applies to low hazard situations in single-family occupancies as described above. In jurisdictions with tactical hazards, high hazard occupancies, high incident frequencies, or geographical restrictions, companies must be staffed with a minimum of five or six on-duty members (§ 5.2.2.1.2).  The number of additional fire fighters above four is predicated on the specific duties to be accomplished at these high hazard locations as well as the time requirements associated with initiating these tasks.

       
           


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