The City Council heard a report from Salt Lake County Firefighters Local 1696. Cliff Burningham spoke about the duties of a firefighter. He said that they respond to medical emergencies, fire, traffic accidents, flooding, and other emergencies.
Other community activities that firefighters participate in include: adopt-a-school, grade school fire safety education, UFA fire safety trailer, CERT courses, fire station tours, talk and demos, ride alongs, CPR, first aid and merit badge education. They also participate in community events such as Taylorsville Dayzz, fire hydrant inspections, blood pressure and wellness checks for senior citizens, business fire safety inspections, daily equipment check offs, cleaning the station, medical and fire training, station laundry, station yard work, and preparing meals.
Data shows Taylorsville is the most densely populated city in Utah and has approximately 400 calls per month, 11-13 calls per day.
To save the life of a critical medical patient:
Paramedic A - Patient care
Paramedic B - Airway Management
Firefighter - Patient care assistant
Engineer - Equipment and patient care
Captain - Safety and charting
For first alarm residential structure fire:
Fire Engine 1 - Initial incident command, pump attack lines
Fire Engine 2 - Water supply, fire attack
Ladder truck - Ventilation, access, utilities, rescue, ladders
Fire Engine 3 - Fire attack and search
Heavy rescue - Rapid intervention crew
Medic ambulance - Medical care
Battalion Chief - Incident command
Burningham said that they believe Taylorsville needs to increase fire and EMS services because twice a day, every day, other crews respond into Taylorsville to help.
Their recommendation is to have one additional fire company to handle call overlap in Taylorsville. Neither of the existing fire stations can house an additional fire company, including needed response vehicles or staff. Fire station #117 on Redwood Road is aging, obsolete, unsafe and must be replaced.
They believe this could be funded by joining the Fire District, which would increase the number of personnel on duty starting January 2014. It would replace station #117 immediately.
Currently UFA is modifying response models for better efficiency. They are exploring opportunities for community medic programs and looking for ways to be more innovative.
Burningham said that Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore from Cottonwood Heights said if he was in Taylorsville's shoes, and if Taylorsville does need to add additional staffing, he thinks joining the Fire District would be the best option.
Burningham invited all residents to come tour fire stations and they can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officer Richard Bullock received an award from UPD Taylorsville Chief Tracy Wyant. "His attention to detail as well as his attention to his duties is inspirational," said Wyant.
Louie Muniz also received an award in giving critical information which led to the arrest of a serial bank robber. "We are grateful for his attentiveness and willingness to share his insight, plus his decades of experience," said Wyant.
Chief Wyant gave his quarterly report. Four of the five city council districts saw a small increase in overall incidents for fourth quarter. District 3 was the only one which saw a decrease. Wyant said they are having great success with the bicycle patrols and have added three additional bicycles.
Detectives had information that a parole fugitive was staying at an Extended Stay. They were able to arrest 10 individuals for warrants and drug-related crimes.