How Layoffs Affect Fire Response

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Local Firefighters Union President and Firefighter/EMT George Neeson
Local Firefighters Union President and Firefighter/EMT George Neeson

The City of Sheridan's decision to privatize ambulance service in order to balance their budget certainly has drawn the ire of many throughout the community, as 6 firefighters with Sheridan Fire-Rescue were laid off as a result of that privatization. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter takes a look at exactly how the layoffs will affect how SFR responds to calls.


Prior to this past Monday when the contract for ambulance service with Rocky Mountain Ambulance went into effect, SFR would typically respond to a structure fire with the six firefighters on duty, four on an engine and two in an ambulance. Local Firefighters Union President and SFR Firefighter/EMT George Neeson explains how the layoffs have changed all of that.

Neeson says that battling any type of fire in the downtown area would be extremely difficult.

As far as the mutual aid agreement with Goose Valley Fire Department, it's all about the time factor says Neeson.

Neeson said that a good indication of the importance of response time is that the rule of thumb for any size, shape or type of fire is that it doubles in size in about two minutes.

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