According to the City of Wilkes-Barre's Study on Fire Protection there should be:
Four Engine Companies with three Fire Fighters, One Ladder Company with two Fire Fighters, the Assistant Chief, and two Fire Fighter/EMT driving the Ambulances on duty 24/7. 17 total.
NFPA 1710 states there should be a minimum of 16 Fire Fighters on scene within 8 minutes of the start of the fire for safe and efficient fire operations.
Working with these numbers the City should have:
Fire Headquarters: 20-22 East Ross Street Center City
F-6 - Assistant Chief,
Engine 1 - Captain and two Fire Fighters
Truck 6 - two Fire Fighters
Hollenback Station : North Washington Street Parsons
Engine 2 - Captain and two Fire Fighters
Medic 5 - Fire Fighter/ EMT and Civilian Paramedic
South Station : High Street South W-B
Engine 3 - Captain and two Fire Fighters
Medic 3 - Fire Fighter/EMT and Civilian Paramedic
East Station : E. Northampton Street Heights
Engine 4 - Captain and two Fire Fighters
Total: Assistant Chief, Four Engine Companies, Ladder Company, two Medic Units (A.L.S.); 17 Fire Fighters
In aprox. 2003, the Fire Department employed eighty-eight (88) Fire Fighters and maintained 17 Fire Fighters per shift. As of December 1, 2012 there are only fifty-three (53) Fire Fighters due to retirements and eleven (11) forced lay offs.
Below is a running break down of staffing levels. The lay offs and "voluntary retirements" caused each group to lose four (4) Fire Fighters. Still there will be a need to call out overtime to maintain eleven per shift because of the lay offs. Completely ignoring their own study and NFPA 1710 these are the unsafe staffing levels. Note: East Station/ Engine 4 closed and out of service when the staffing was reduced to 14. Engine 3 is put OOS when the group has less than 14. Seeing that the Groups only have 12 or 13 it cannot be maintained even if there is not a single Fire Fighter off on vacation, sick, bereavement, injury, etc..
PROPER STAFFING SHOULD BE:
Medic 3, and Medic 5
17 Fire Fighters