When will you publicly fight for the fair treatment of Houston FF's ? How do you honestly feel about the pay parity fight with COH ? Do you feel we should be paid the same as HPD ? When will you get rid of the ALL HAZARD Response ...or modify it to save our failing fleet ? When will you ask for more $ from COH for replacement of apparatus ?
Thank you for taking the time to send this in. I disagree with the premise of your first question and sense you would like to debate the issues. This is not the proper forum for a debate, but you do deserve a response. You don’t have to provide your name and can remain anonymous, but please contact my assistant, Denise Estrada, 832.394.6702, so she can schedule a station or district meeting and I will answer your questions, in person and provide an opportunity to discuss the issues.
As far as response, a dispatch steering group is working to provide recommended changes to fire call types, initially focused on automatic alarm and elevator call types. These changes will be out in short order.
A separate group is working on recommendations for medical call types. Some changes to how we process psychiatric calls have already been made, but a wholesale change to our deployment model, which includes converting some response units to transport units, requires greater detail in managing the change.
In regard to your last question, the following is what we have advocated for, and received since I accepted this position.
Fleet Acquisitions from FY17,18 &19
FY 17 cost estimate
Fire Engines 4 $1,996,000.00
Ladder trucks 2 $1,897,000.00
Towers 1 $950,000.00
Ambulance Chassis 17 $646,000.00
Warehouse Vans 2 $46,838.25
Fire Engine 4 $2,160,000.00
Ladder Truck 1 $935,000.00
Quint. 1 $935,000.00
Ambulance 7 $857,100.00
Ambulance Modules 2 $231,420.00
Misc. Vehicle Purchases FY 17 &18 44 $1,152,000.00
PPE Hoods $556,000.00
Radio/In Mask Communication $2,887,880.00
High water vehicles 4 $264,000.00
8 boats/4 trailers $250,000.00
Hazmat Truck ( Port Security Grant) $972,900.00
FY19 Projections $10,800,000.00 (Double from last year)
Fire Trucks 10
Ladder Trucks 3
Still to be purchased: 1.6 Million for flood response vehicles
30,000 for Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)