City officials of the city of Richmond Heights night at a council meeting Monday will hear a presentation of the results of a study to combine the fire departments command structure for the cities of Brentwood, Maplewood, Clayton, Richmond Heights and Rock Hill. Firefighters from three of the cities oppose it.
Kurt Becker, district vice president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2665, sent a memo to the Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson and the city council opposing the command consolidation.
The memo outlines why firefighters in Richmond Heights, Clayton, and Brentwood oppose further efforts and expenditures related to the East Central Fire Command project.
Some of the items the firefighters oppose are below. See the full memo here.
- The projected cost to implement the ECFC is $2,068,379. For fiscal year 2017 the collective cost for salaries currently being incurred by the five cities for their fire department administrative services is $1,616,677.
- The Fire Prevention bureau is projected to be “dangerously insufficient and significantly under-resourced.”
- There are no personnel assigned to public education and public relations.
- Performance objectives are not established.
- The city administrators didn’t accept edits firefighters from the union agreed to, to add Fire prevention, Public Education and Communication positions.
- The Rock Hill Fire Department is a ‘huge outlier.’ It pays its personnel roughly half the other agencies, operates with a service model that is 30-40 years outdated, as compared to the other four cities, and more.