On Monday Evening January 7th at the Roseville City Council meeting, the Roseville Fire Department communicated to Council the need for additional on-duty staffing.
On average, seven times per day the department does not have an available unit to respond to the next emergency. The fire department responds to over 5000 emergency incidents per year with the same on-duty staffing they have had for decades. We have experienced a 1,200% increase in emergency response without any additional staffing.
The presentation was well accepted by Council, and many members of the community spoke in support of adding additional staffing. The fire department plans to return to Council in the next few months to discuss costs, options, and timing for needed staffing.
The additional staffing will allow us to better serve the community and assure we are able to respond to their emergency, as well as assure for the safety of our firefighters.
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The Roseville Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, and medical first responder services. Our department consists of a full-time fire chief, assistant chief, three battalion chiefs, 12 full-time firefighters, 30 part-time firefighters and an administrative assistant. Annually, the number of calls for service exceed 5,000. These incidents include:
- Fire and rescue calls
- Medical first responder
- Medical standby at youth sporting events
- Various non-emergency sporting events
- Vehicle accidents with injuries