Staffing Levels Assure Quick Emergency Response

Construction on South Catherine Street Continues and Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says the reason for traffic being routed southbound during construction is so that emergency crews can get to the south end of the city more rapidly..  “There’s a policy in place that regulates the minimum number of staffers for the fire department,” Calnon Says, “Which includes a regular contingent of 8 staff members with some exceptions.” There are usually five at station one and three at station two and Calnon says he’s given the chief authority to assure staffing levels at the South Platt Station are always at a minimum of 3 so that the response times to the south end during construction on South Catherine will always be as fast as possible..

AUDIO – 061614 – South Catherine Construction – Southbound Traffic and Emergency Services

Typically the department is staffed at the ideal levels and the mayor has approved the expenditure to cover unanticipated shortfalls in staffing which, he says will allow the company to continue to arrive as fast as possible at a scene and begin to take action..

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