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File #: 21-0107    Version: 0 Name: Study and Report - Operations of the Baltimore City Fire Department
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 7/19/2021 In control: Baltimore City Council
On agenda: Final action: 3/7/2022
Enactment #: 22-122
Title: Study and Report - Operations of the Baltimore City Fire Department For the purpose of requiring that the Baltimore City Fire Department, in consultation with certain other agencies, submit a report to the Mayor and City Council evaluating departmental operations, fire suppression and Emergency Medical Services staffing, community risk reduction programs, and performance management programs; and providing for a special effective date.
Sponsors: Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Ryan Dorsey, John T. Bullock, Phylicia Porter, James Torrence
Indexes: Fire Department, Reports, Study
Attachments: 1. 21-0107~ 1st Reader, 2. Hearing Agenda - 21-0107, 3. Labor Commission 21-0107, 4. Law 21-0107, 5. DHR 21-0107, 6. Finance-21-0107, 7. City Administrator 21-0107, 8. Hearing Minutes - 21-0107, 9. PSGO - Hearing Notes - 21-0107, 10. Hearing Packet - 21-0107 - S&R Operations of the BCFD, 11. PSGO - Hearing Notes - 21-0107 (2), 12. Fire Dept PSGO Responses September 2021, 13. Hearing Agenda - 21-0107 (2), 14. Hearing Minutes - 21-0107 (2), 15. Copy of Attachment 2 Copy of 09012019_to_09012020 Data from CAD Special Ops Take Home Vehicles, 16. Response Related to Take Home Vehicles, 17. Mop 105_10082021143310, 18. Response Related to Take Home Vehicles From Community Risk Reduction Division, 19. Response Related to Take Home Vehicles From Safety Division, 20. Fire 21-0107, 21. cc21-0107(3)~1st(Burnett), 22. Hearing Agenda 21-0107, 23. Hearing Minutes - 21-0107, 24. PSGO - Hearing Notes - 21-0107 (3), 25. Hearing Agenda - 21-0107, 26. Hearing Minutes - 21-0107, 27. cc21-0107(3)~1st(Burnett), 28. PSGO - Hearing Notes - 21-0107 (4), 29. 2nd Reader Amendment~1st (PSGO), 30. 21-0107~3rd Reader, 31. 21-0107 Signed, 32. Completed Ordinance 21-0107
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
3/21/20220 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/20220 Baltimore City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/10/20220 Baltimore City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/10/20220 Public Safety and Government Operations Recommended Favorably with Amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/15/20210 Public Safety and Government Operations Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/20210 Public Safety and Government Operations Scheduled for Voting Session  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/1/20210 Public Safety and Government Operations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/4/20210 Public Safety and Government Operations Worksession  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/20210 Public Safety and Government Operations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Baltimore City Administrator   Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Labor Commissioner  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Fire Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20210 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Human Resources  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/19/20210 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/19/20210 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available

Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.

[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

 

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmembers Burnett, Cohen, Dorsey                                                                 

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

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Study and Report - Operations of the Baltimore City Fire Department

For the purpose of requiring that the Baltimore City Fire Department, in consultation with certain other agencies, submit a report to the Mayor and City Council evaluating departmental operations, fire suppression and Emergency Medical Services staffing, community risk reduction programs, and performance management programs; and providing for a special effective date.

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Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That:

 

(a)  No later than 180 days from the enactment of this Ordinance, the Baltimore City Fire                                                                Department (“Department”), in consultation with the City Administrator or the City Administrator’s designee and the Bureau of the Budget and Management Research, shall submit a report to the Mayor and City Council setting forth a comprehensive evaluation of the Department’s operation practices as specified in subsection (b) of this section.

 

(b) The report shall include:

 

(1)                     an 8 year fiscal analysis of the current fire suppression work schedule, including:

 

(i)  the strengths and opportunities that the schedule has presented for the Department;

 

(ii)                     any impact that the schedule has had on reducing overtime costs and departmental expenses; and

 

(iii) recommendations for other staffing models that could produce cost     savings;

 

(2)                     a workload analysis of at least 3 fire departments whose Emergency Medical Services (“EMS”) personnel work 24 hour shifts and have a call volume that is similar to Baltimore City’s call volume;

 

(3)                     an analysis of:

 

(i)  the positive and negative effects that changing the Department’s current EMS schedule would have on providers, patient care, and overall service delivery;

 

(ii)  the impact that this change would have on overtime costs; and

 

(iii) funding and staffing needs if the Department increased the number of EMS providers to 3 per medic unit;

 

(4) an assessment of at least 5 different fire marshal offices that use civilian personnel to perform the duties of fire safety inspectors and a salary and benefits analysis of the projected cost savings of civilianization;

 

(5) a survey of the average downtime of each fire suppression unit and a draft evaluation plan detailing what internal and external systems would need to be created for fire suppression units to perform initial and annual Use and Occupancy Permit inspections;

 

(6)                     an analysis of the total number of arsons committed each year, disaggregated by fire battalion;

 

(7)                     the current permanent staffing of the fire investigation unit, the average caseload for each investigator, and national best practices for fire investigations, including recommended staffing, training, caseloads, and equipment;

 

(8)                     a community impact study of the Department’s smoke alarm program that includes:

 

(i)  the cost to administer the program each fiscal year;

 

(ii)  the number of smoke alarm installations in the last 7 years;

 

(iii) the number of fire fatalities that have occurred over the last 10 years,     disaggregated by age, fire battalion, and smoke alarm presence in the     residence; and

 

(iv) recommendations to enhance the current program with innovative approaches  such as the use of modern technology;

 

(9)                     a comprehensive analysis of the racial and gender demographics of the employees assigned to the fire suppression companies in Battalions 1, 2, and 6 and a plan of action and a time line on how the Department will eliminate any disparities by increasing the number of minority employees assigned to those battalions;

 

(10) a draft policy establishing guidance on transfers that requires:

 

(i)  recruits to stay at the companies they are assigned to after graduation for a minimum of 3 years;

 

(ii)  newly-promoted supervisors to stay at the companies that they are assigned to for 2 years after promotion; and

(iii) veteran personnel in any position to stay at the companies that they elect to transfer to for a minimum of 2 years before being granted another transfer; and

 

(11) an evaluation of the Department’s full-time data-driven strategies and                           performance management program, including:

 

(i) how the program is used to monitor critical indicators such as:

 

                                           (A) administrative processes;

 

                                           (B) fire suppression;

 

                                           (C) EMS;

 

                                           (D) special operations;

 

                                           (E)  911 dispatch;

 

                                           (F) community risk reduction and prevention;

 

                                           (G) safety and risk management; and

 

                                           (H) facility and fleet management;

 

(ii) alternative programs that might be used by fire departments in other jurisdictions; and

 

(iii) if a more modern program exists, a comprehensive plan on the timeline                           and steps the Department will take to implement one.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the date it is enacted.