Breakdown of the Calls from
Each Fire Station in Lehigh Acres
Breakdown of all calls between July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014 (numbers were provided by the Lehigh Acres Fire Dept.)
Station 101 2797 = 3.83 calls per day = .16 calls per hour
Station 102 6675 = 9.14 calls per day = .38 calls per hour
Station 103 4700 = 6.44 calls per day = .27 calls per hour
Station 104 4002 = 5.48 calls per day = .23 calls per hour
Station 105 2162 = 2.96 calls per day = .12 calls per hour
Historical numbers shows that running the lower volume stations 24/7 is costing the tax payers 100’s of thousands of extra dollars a year.
Cost saving solutions:
1. Browning out two stations for 12 hours per day (rotating stations on the off peak time using historical data). This will not jeopardize service, will increase morale and decrease overtime pay.
2. Changing firefighter schedules to 12 hours a day (just like the Lee County Sheriff’s Office) for 3 days on and four days off – verses – 24 hours on and 48 hours off. This will not jeopardize service, will increase morale and decrease overtime pay. It does not violate Florida Statue or the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
3. Elimination of all “Kelly days” this is a paid day off taken at a scheduled interval in addition to normal time off or vacation.
Also maintenance issues become easier to handle because you know when that station equipment is not being used.
These savings measures are 100% trackable and measureable and should not be ignored by the fire department or its board.
The next regular monthly of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District will be held on July 29, 2014 and will begin at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, Station 104, 3102 16th St SW, Lehigh Acres, FL 33976.
Budget meeting scheduled at 4:00 p.m. the same day, same place.