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Why seconds count.


Here's a link to an implementation guide on the fire staffing standards. The first part explains the four and eight minute response times: NFPA 1710 Implementation Guide (a PDF file)

Read about the NFPA -

Read about the how crew size affects public safety.

Watch a video produced by our first responders.

The City commissioned a study of the fire fighting services provided by Ann Arbor. The report is attached at the bottom of this page. You may also be interested in the following:

Read about the City's plan to consolidate five fire stations into just three.

12/22/11 AnnArbordotcom - New report: Ann Arbor has 'a significant fire problem' and fails to meet response time standards

12/21/11 Ann Arbor Chronicle - Column: FOIA Hazards, Christmas Gifts

The January 2014 issue of the Ann Arbor Observer included a peculiar discussion on fire staffing, which pitted a national fire safety group against the then Mayor, a Council member and a retired firefighter:
Why Don't Chiefs Stay?

Fire Station Consolidation Plan
As you know, the City announcement earlier this year that it would consolidate our five fire stations into three rather than hire adequate staffing for the five stations. After considerable public dissent, the City decided to hold meetings to find out how its citizen feel about the plan.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

    Tuesday September 18, 6-8 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard.
         A news article about the 9/18 meeting.
    Wednesday September 19, 6-8 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.
    Thursday September  20, 6-8 p.m., Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.
    Tuesday September 25, 6-8 p.m., Traverwood Library, 3333 Traverwood Drive
We posted a member's comments about the Traverwood meeting here.
    Wednesday September 26, 6-8 p.m., CTN Studios, 2805 S. Industrial Highway
    Thursday September 27, 6-8 p.m., Lawton Elementary School Auditorium, 2250 S. Seventh st.

Last year:
As the city budget process begins, we are again faced with the city administration's threats to cut fire fighting staff. The most recently Fire Chief echoed the dire warnings of the previous Fire Chief in a letter to the Mayor and Council. That letter is attached at the bottom of this page. The letter was discussed in the on-line article Ann Arbor fire chief heavily critical of city in new letter to City Council, decries looming cuts. The letter and fire staffing is also discussed in an article on A2Politico The Politics of Truth: Former Fire Chief’s Pants Burst Into Flame. As you may recall, the Mayor's cronies vilified  firefighters and candidates who warned of the threat to city safety that would flow from the continued reduction of fire staff.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that the average full-time career fire department in the U.S. has about 1.72 firefighters per 1,000 residents. In Ann Arbor, we have only 0.72 firefighters per 1,000 residents.

The following was provided by a member of the Alliance as a reminder of the significance of every second, when responding to a fire (corrected 1/9/11).

An average fire will double in size every 60 seconds.  A fire starts in a little wastebasket and soon takes up a square foot. 60 seconds later it’s 2 square feet.   One more minute and it’s 4 square feet.  At the three minute mark it’s 16 square feet.  At four minutes, the amount of time A2 firefighters used to have as their maximum time to reach a fire it has grown to 256 square feet – still quite manageable.  By five minutes it is 65, 546 square feet.  After that it’s very big.


A little chart:

   Time                    Square Feet

start of fire                       1

1 minute                          2

2 minutes                        4

3 minutes                      16

4 minutes                    256


5 minutes                65,536

6 minutes    4,294,967,296

7 minutes         1.84467441 × 1019




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Mar 20, 2011, 4:28 PM