The Joplin Fire Department presented its Resource Allocation Plan to the Joplin City Council on Monday night. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
The 49-page document in great detail lays out an overview and assessment of the city’s fire department which has six stations and employs 95 firefighters and administrative staff. Station 6 is the most recent station constructed in 2013, and the department is making plans to have a 7th station near the intersection of Interstate 44 and 49.
Tom Jenkins, sits on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, he is also the Fire Chief for Rodgers, Arkansas, he assisted in the allocation plan and spoke at Monday night’s presentation. “We wanted to understand how not just those fire stations provided service to their closest geography, what we would call in the business, their first due coverage area. But it’s also important to understand how those stations interact”. The report also recommends that station 3 be relocated, in addition to station 5 possibly also being moved once the new station 7 is complete. There are 17 recommendations as a result of the report. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro