NFPA 1710 says that 16 Fire Fighters need to be on the scene within 8 minutes.
When W-B FD only has 11 on duty that requirement cannot be met.
Jan. 2003 - 17 Fire Fighters on duty at a minimum
Spring 2003 - reduced to 16.
Summer 2004 - reduced to 14.
Spring of 2010 - reduced again to only 12.
Fall of 2012 - reduced again to only 11.
If the Department was not reduced starting in 2003, it could staff four (4) Engine Companies. Due to the start of personnel reductions only three Engine Companies could be staffed. Engine 4 was taken out of service.
To maintain Three Engine Companies the minimum number has to be 14 Fire Fighters on duty.
In the summer of 2004, only three Engine Companies were maintained.
In the summer of 2010 the third Engine Company (Engine 3) began to be "browned out" when the minimum staffing was reduced to 12 Fire Fighters on duty. A fourth Fire Fighter was added to Engine 2 at the Hollenback Station to increase manpower on the fire scene until the other Companies arrived.
In the Fall of 2012 this fourth Fire Fighter was eliminated when the staffing level was again dropped to 11.
With the five "voluntary retirements" and eleven Fire Fighters laid off the four groups of Fire Fighters only had 12-13 Fire Fighters assigned to them. This made staffing three Engine Companies impossible. Engine 3 brown outs became permanent.