Number Of Calls Per Responder

Balancing the number of calls per responder is crucial to ensure that each caller receives the necessary attention and assistance in a timely manner. If the number of calls per responder is too high, it can lead to increased waiting times, decreased quality of service, and potential burnout among responders.

Number Of Responders To Address Calls

The appropriate number of responders is crucial for ensuring a prompt and effective response to calls, as it allows for a balanced distribution of workload and resources. Adequate staffing levels help mitigate delays and improve overall responsiveness, enabling timely assistance and support to those in need.

Legal Requirements- WAC, RCW, And Training

Initial attack operations must be organized to ensure that if, on arrival at the emergency scene, responders find a known rescue situation where immediate action could prevent the loss of life or serious injury, such action must only be permitted when no less than three personnel (2-in/1-out) are present and equipped to provide emergency assistance or rescue of the team entering the hot zone. No exception must be allowed when there is no possibility to save lives or no “known” viable victims.

Firefighters must not engage in interior structural firefighting in the absence of at least two standby firefighters (2-in/2- out) except as provided in WAC 296-305-05002(4).

Increasing Population

The increasing population has significant implications for public safety. As the population grows, there is a greater demand for public safety services to ensure the well-being and security of individuals within a community. This includes adequate police forces, fire departments, emergency medical services, and other essential response teams. The challenges associated with an expanding population include maintaining sufficient personnel and resources to meet the growing needs.

Increased Out of Service Time

Relocating St. Michael Medical Center has resulted in increased out of service times for all fire response units.
Increased out-of-service time in the context of public safety can have serious consequences on the ability of emergency response agencies to effectively protect and serve the community. When public safety equipment, such as police vehicles, fire trucks, or communication systems, experience extended downtime, it can hinder the response time to emergencies and compromise the safety of both the public and responders.

Apparatus Crew Size Matters!​

Firefighting is a science and having the right number of people respond when you call 911 shouldn’t be based on guesswork, politicians’ opinions, or those of budget number-crunchers. Watch and learn what the science has to say about keeping you and your loved ones safe.