Columbus Fire Fighters IAFF Local 67 Statement on Proposed Capital Improvement Budget:
The Mayor’s 2021 Capital Improvement Budget is yet another clear indication that City of Columbus leadership is not prepared to scale its fire and EMS resources despite our community needing us now more than ever.
Columbus Fire Fighters, EMTs and Paramedics desperately need more staffing, more fire stations and more trucks on the road to keep our community safe, unfortunately this budget does not permit the brave women and men of CFD to do more, it’s holding all of us back from a safer Columbus.
The number of Columbus Fire Fighters, EMTs and Paramedics remains virtually unchanged in 20 years, despite the population of one of the largest Cities in the United States increasing by over 194,000 residents, and fire department call volume increasing by over 30% in that same time period. More recently, in the last 6 years, the City of Columbus has not allocated any increase in apparatus purchasing whatsoever despite rising costs of this vital equipment.
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… one point to make about the budget… the overtime amount spent for the year is not a extra cost in the budget when it continues year after year, it becomes the needed amount to provide service, it becomes the normal amount of money needed to budget and earmarked as such, until the overtime amount reaches the amount it costs to hire and or replace a firefighter, the city will not take action to correct the deficiencies, the city also “moves the goalposts “ to stiffen their stance, the change in run response times— from receiving the call from 911 — so much time is not counted when calls are first received by cpd before being transferred to cfd, if these times were counted in total response time there would be a bigger discrepancy— has changed over the years, runs were to be dispatched within a minute, now that time goal is obsolete, the city decided that it was the fault of ffs not getting out the door, when more time is lost sending the run out to the stations, i know that some ffs could always do better getting out the door, but that doesn’t solve the problem, i know this is just one aspect of the issue, i will add that the city itself created the situation it finds itself in and they are content with the service they developed because it doesn’t affect them personally… there is much to be discussed, to much for responding on this forum…just my observations…
Quit working OVERTIME.
I wish I could be and EMT then a Paramedic without going through fire school. I understand why this can’t be. Is there anything I can do to help?
Columbus Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 67 is the largest IAFF affiliate in the State of Ohio. Local 67 represents more than 1,550 uniformed men and women who bravely serve and sacrifice for the citizens we protect day in and day out. As the City of Columbus has grown, so too has the call volume and dependency on Columbus’s Bravest. Columbus Fire Fighters are and have been national leaders in firefighting, EMS, technical rescue, HAZMAT and Urban Search and Rescue Operations.
Your Columbus Fire Fighters are protecting everyone who lives, works and travels through Columbus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The mission of Local 67 is to protect our firefighters, and unequivocally fight for their health and safety. Local 67 achieves this mission through productive labor / management initiatives, effective lobbying efforts at all levels of government and top tier negotiating practices.