Somerville’s Assembly Square could get a fire station

On September 24, 2010, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By George P. Hassett

A new study of the city’s fire department was presented to aldermen Thursday night, detailing several weak spots in a department the study says is working adequately.

Travis Miller, Senior Vice President of the Matrix Consulting Group, gave a presentation on the results of the study. He said the department may need an assistant fire chief, a position that would cost $14,500 to add. Also, the department lacks a long range master plan and annual updates of comprehensive policies and procedures.

The study suggested a new fire station may be needed in Assembly Square. Cramped firehouses make mechanical work on fire trucks inefficient and dangerous, he said.

Miller suggested changing the overnight schedules of firefighters and cutting staffing for 911 services.


3 Responses to “Somerville’s Assembly Square could get a fire station”

  1. Erin H. says:

    I was shocked to hear that there are firemen that only work 28 hours and get full time pay. The janitors worked hard and got fired and these guys are raking in the cash for a part time job.

  2. tom says:

    Fireman work 42 hours a week. Fire alarm operators(not firefighters) work less but not all of them work 28 hours a week

  3. Dicky Bird says:

    Joe well need a fire house when the sparks fly in ten hills

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