Original Date: 09/15/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Meeting Workload Requirements with Minimum Staffing Levels
A fire service is a vital and necessary function on a storage installation such as Tooele Army Depot (TEAD) and a chemical location such as Deseret Chemical Depot (DCD). Although fire service is considered overhead, these locations could not rely on a volunteer or community fire station. According to Manpower Staffing Standards System and Department of Defense Instruction 6055.6 which reflect minimum staffing levels for the fire service, TEAD should have 33 employees. Instead, TEAD has maintained a personnel level of 25 since March 1993. Even though it is below minimum staffing levels, TEAD is able to maintain the required level of protection. The Division provides services to both TEAD and DCD as well as support to surrounding communities. The Division responds to all emergencies including fire, medical, hazardous materials incidents, chemical, and ammunition incidents. Personnel also provide many fire prevention functions that include inspecting buildings, training in fire safety, use of fire extinguishers, and assisting with building evacuation drills.
TEAD’s Fire and Emergency Services Division also has the primary Staff Duty Officer function during regular non- duty days and after hours on the Depot which saves the Depot $250 thousand yearly.
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