City Council Approves $98,000 Study of Fire Department Efficiency

City Council approved Tuesday a contract with an outside consultant to provide an efficiency study of the City's fire department.

The City will pay almost $98,000 to conduct a study of the department to see if staff and equipment are being utilized in the best way possible, and whether fire stations are located in the best places around the city based on population and response times.

Fire Chief Robert Rocha said he hopes the study validates what the department is doing right.

"I don't know of any place within the country that does it better than the city of Corpus Christi when it comes to a combination of both our fire response and our emergency medical response with two paramedics on board our ambulances," Rocha said. "And now we have 11 ambulances working within the city of Corpus Christi. I'm looking to validate those numbers and to see whether or not we're operating as efficiently as we can."

The study funds were already available in the Fire Departments 2013-2014 budget.


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