In their latest NFPA Journal column, Ben Klaene and Russ Sanders justify the need for adequate, firefighter staffing levels. The columnists point to a 2010 report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that noted the concerns associated with remote stations staffed with less than four firefighters.
"When an understaffed company located at a remote station encounters a working structure fire, it is forced to make difficult decisions regarding its personal safety versus its commitment to saving lives and property," note the columnists. "We advocate structural fire tactics and strategies that are both safe and effective, but sometimes staffing levels can make that dual goal difficult to achieve."
Read more on this issue in the January/February edition of NFPA's member magazine.