For the first time ever, Redding Fire Station 2 will be staffed with a permanent firefighter.
Posted: May 3, 2021 4:56 PM by: Deb Anderaos and Ana Torrea
REDDING, Calif. – For the first time ever, Redding Fire Station 2 will be staffed with a permanent firefighter. Ever since Chief Jerrod Vanlandingham came to the Redding Fire Department, it has been his goal to get 3-person staffing on their engines. With fire season approaching, Chief Vanlandingham said it is critical to make sure their engines are staffed. “First time ever that we’re able to get three-person staffing on all of our fire engines in the city,” said Vanlandingham. “We’re hoping we can get all these firefighters on the rigs before we end up in too bad of a situation for fire season but it’s critical.”
Funding for this comes from REU’s Wildfire Mitigation plan, which the Redding Fire Department is a part of. Vanlandingham said he expects to have stations 4 and 7 staffed sometime in June. All other fire stations already have 3-person staffing on their engines – stations 2, 4, and 7 will be the last.
Redding Fire Dept. Staffing Levels Too Low
Based on a nationally recognized standard called NFPA 1710 fire engines are supposed to be staffed with 4 fire fighters. The Redding Fire Department only staffs their engines with 2 fire fighters.
Posted: Nov 1, 2018 6:00 PM by: Elizabeth Zelidon
REDDING, Calif – Nine months ago late Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray posted a video on youtube where he held up an old newspaper article with the headline that reads, “Firechief admits too few firemen.” That headline was from 1972 but as Gray states in the video, the situation in Redding has not improved. Five out of the Eight fire engines are staffed with two firefighters.
But a National Fire Protection Association report says fire engines are supposed to be staffed with at least four firefighters.
Earlier this week, NFPA officials said the city needs more money to meet that goal. ” I feel it’s time those citizens support those firefighters and help them move towards safer staffing levels. I realize that this costs money and that’s the big issue isn’t it.”
Action News Now spoke with vice mayor Francie Sullivan about how much money the city needs to make a difference. She says 80-percent of the city’s budget already goes to the police and fire department but understands they need more help. They’ve tried a sales tax increase. “The last sales tax was a half-cent additional sales tax and that would have generated at the time two years ago,11 million dollars.” But the community voted it down.
So as the Redding City Councils continues to push to help firefighters with future funding Sullivan asks the public this question.
“A question for our community is, Do we think we’re worth paying more for more police and firefighters?”