Portland Fire Department OT report released

6:53 PM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Changes could be coming to the Portland Fire Department in response to recent fireboat incidents and questions about overtime spending.

It's been more than three decades since the Portland Fire Department has undergone a top-to-bottom review of its polices and procedures.

Maryland based consulting firm Public Safety Solutions has released its report after coming in and conducting interviews and studying data over the last three months. 

The group was asked to look at everything from staffing and scheduling to changes in training and equipment use.

The report makes several recommendations.  It recommends that the city and fire chief use a staffing calculations formula for reducing overtime spending, and the creation of a state of the art scheduling program to streamline and automate the process.

Other recommendations include establishing a formal marine division policy that includes appropriate training for personnel, and developing a department-wide policy to conserve vehicle fuel.

Chief Jerome LaMoria said the report gives the fire department a blueprint to use as it considers changes and improvements to its policies and procedures.

"I think the fire department has had a hard time communicating its message over the years, and I think this report helps us do that.  It also lays a destination for us to work towards," LaMoria said.

The entire report has been posted on the Portland Fire Department's website.  Chief LaMoria said the city invites public input and response to the findings in the report, and that can be submitted through the city's website.

Public Safety Solutions President Leslie Adams is scheduled to present a summary of the report's findings to the Portland City Council during a meeting Monday night at 5:30 p.m.


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