Soddy Daisy now has 24 hour fire coverage
SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – For years the city of Soddy Daisy has had essentially a part-time fire department.
But that’s changed now and fire service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The personnel department of Soddy Daisy amended its policy at a Thursday meeting, and from now there will be fire fighters on duty 24-hours a day.
Chief Mike Guffy says “As of July 7, we’ve now went to a 24 hour staff station. Before we were only doing 10 hour shifts due to a lack of people during the day. Everybody has daytime jobs, they could not leave their work to come answer calls, we were suffering from personnel. Now we have people here during the day to answer calls…get the work done..get the trucks fixed.”
It will still use 30 volunteer fire fighters to assist the 11 full-time members and 20 part-timers, but the service will be improved.
And the phone will be manned at night.
Firefighter Aaron Smith says “this way, firefighters being here 24 hours a day, we actually have crews that sleep here, stay here..they’re actually able to respond in the truck. So you have at least 2 or 3 people, they are on the truck leaving, going so its ‘click” …the delay in the response is 30 seconds maybe.”
Chief Guffey adds “It helps our response time . We’ve cut out response time ..our average response time now is anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes…to get in service..and 5 to 7 minutes to get on the scene.”
According to city records, the fire department responded to 139 calls in July. There may be more now that the staff is there 24 hours a day.
“We’re covered around the clock every day of the month…and its really helped. As of last month ..of course when you staff 24, we had zero calls unanswered …which is, that really helps us out and it helps the citizens out.”
The department serves a population of 13 to 15 thousand people…who can call for help..either a fire or just to help someone off the floor…and get an answer every time.
In Soddy Daisy, Bill Mitchell News 12 Now.