City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||IV - General Administration|
|Subject:||Minimum Staffing Policy|
To provide a policy establishing the minimum level of on-duty staffing for the purpose of responding to alarms and carrying out other fire suppression duties.
A. The minimum number of on-duty personnel for all stations shall not be less than seventeen (17) members including one (1) Dispatcher and four (4) officers. During the Dispatch Power Shift (Monday through Friday), minimum manning shall be eighteen (18) including two (2) Dispatchers and four officers. (See 20.05 - Miscellaneous, Section C for examples)
B. The Headquarters Station shall not have less than eleven (11) members including one (1) Dispatcher and two (2) officers.
C. The Number One Station shall not have less than four (4) members including one (l) officer.
D. Station Number 10 shall have not less than three (3) members including one (1) officer
E. Guidelines for hiring additional staffing shall be established (see 1-IV-21).
A. The ranking officer on duty at the Headquarters Station shall have the authority to hire sufficient personnel in order to maintain minimum staffing standards as specified in Section 20.02.
B. Any time it is necessary to call off-duty personnel back for duty and there is an officer in Headquarters, it shall be the responsibility of that officer to make the call backs(s) and not that of the Dispatchers. When no officers are present, the call back(s) shall be made by the Dispatcher.
C. It shall be the duty of the ranking officer or acting officer at the Number One Station and Station Number 10 to promptly notify the Officer-In-Charge at the Headquarters Station in the event that a sufficient number of personnel fail to report for duty.
D. The authority also applies in the event of sickness, other approved emergency absences, or removal from duty for disciplinary reasons.
A. It shall be the responsibility of the Officer-In- Charge at each Station to insure, before leaving a tour of duty, that the minimum number of members are present for duty on the following shift.
B. The Deputy Fire Chief has overall responsibility for insuring that departmental policy is followed concerning minimum staffing levels of the on-duty suppression forces.
C. The Officers-In-Charge are responsible for scheduling and assignment of on-duty personnel.
A. Personnel who are called back for duty will be paid for a minimum of three (3) hours at 1 1/2 times their hourly rate (except Fire Battalion Captains and Fire Battalion Chiefs) regardless of whether or not they remain on duty the entire three (3) hours. Personnel may be assigned to carry out whatever task(s) needed as determined by the Officer-In-Charge.
B. If for any reason any problem arises, the Officer-In- Charge of Headquarters Station shall immediately notify the chief officer on-duty.
C. Minimum staffing levels will be as follows:
1. Battalion Chief and/or Battalion Captain on-duty - minimum staffing shall be 17 on-duty shift personnel including a dispatcher.
2. Battalion Chief and/or Battalion Captain on-duty - minimum officer staffing shall be 4 on-duty.
3. Staff personnel are not counted in minimum manning requirements.
D. An exception to the minimum staffing standards can be made for such purposes as:
1. Emergency at home or sickness involving a member of their family.
2. One member from each station will be allowed to pick up groceries.
3. Appointments with doctors or dentists.
4. Personal reasons at the discretion of the Officer-In-Charge.
E. Before any member leaves duty for any reason, it must first be cleared with the Fire Battalion Captain, Fire Captain, or acting officer in charge of that members respective station or place of duty.
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