Bartlett Responds to Claims of Fire Department Understaffing

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(Memphis) Bartlett resident and Memphis Firefighter Stephen Zachar claims the Bartlett Fire Department is understaffed, "If my life or child’s life or my wife’s life is on the line I want more."

Zachar said the issue came to a head last month when a fire on Rebecca Woods left two Bartlett Firemen injured.

Zachar said he learned some trucks arriving to the fire only had three men on them

"The standard they try to go with is a 2 men in, 2 men out, in order to go in and rescue them," said Zachar about the recommended 4 personnel per truck as recommended by the Nation Fire Safety Association.

Zachar said he wrote emails to Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald as well as the Aldermen.

Alderman Jack Young said he had not heard of a understaffing problem until Zachar's email, "The only knowledge I have is a Memphis firefighter sent an email indicating there was a problem with staffing… That’s all I know about it."

"I would expect if any employee has any kind of issue they should go through their chain of command which goes all the way up to the Mayor. If they don’t get any resolution they can talk to alderman," added Young.

City Administrator Mark Brown said he has looked into the issue.

He said he believes the Department is staffed.

He said although two trucks that responded to the Rebecca Woods fire only had three men on board, three other trucks had four men on board.

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