Since November 2014, the Rye Fire Department has been a topic of conversation in the public eye, specifically the Rye City Review newspaper. The main topic has been circling around our career staffing. The issue was brought to light by the City Manager, citing OSHA standards and firefighters and citizens' safety. Below are the links to the articles that appeared in the review.
November 26, 2014 - "City Manager: Fire Department Staffed for Failure" - "Right now, we're staffed for failure," Culross warned the Rye City Council. - http://www.ryecityreview.com/city-manager-fire-department-staffed-for-failure/
December 12th, 2014 - "City Council Nixes 2015 Firefighter Hires" - "We are cognizant that this is a discussion that we are going to have to have in the coming year," Sack said. "We thank the city manager for prompting us to have this discussion by including it in the budget, but these are not issues that appeared overnight. Existing conditions have been as they have for some time...and there is nothing that needs to be changed that can't wait another year." - http://www.ryecityreview.com/city-council-nixes-2015-firefighter-hires/
December 18th, 2014 - "City to Weigh FD Future" - "Options will include having discussions with neighboring communities about perhaps merging our departments and possibly even considering closing one of the two firehouses we have" [Sack said] I'm not saying that's going to happen, but I say it by way of indicating that we're going to have all options on the table." - Closing a firehouse "will not offset the citywide insurance premium, which could be millions per year," the report stated. - http://www.ryecityreview.com/city-to-weigh-fd-future/
January 8th, 2015 - "Firefighter Hire Doesn't Address Staffing Concerns" - "It was a surprise to all of us," Castelhano said regarding the city's decision to hire one firefighter. "We were never consulted about it. It was never a proposal. It just appeared...I think the way they're doing it isn't going to correct any of the problems we have" - http://www.ryecityreview.com/firefighter-hire-doesnt-address-staffing-concerns/