Saturday, October 31, 2015

In the news: coat collection, fire dept efficiency

Guardian Self-Storage has partnered with Caring Partners Inc. in the organization’s winter coat collection, “Coats for Kids.” 
Donations of gently used winter coats for children and adults may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 8 at Guardian Self-Storage, 599 Washington St. Once collected, all coats are professionally cleaned by Anton Cleaners and distributed by social service agencies to those in need within the community. 
For information: 508-528-4050.

Franklin Fire Dept
Franklin Fire Dept
While not focused on Franklin, this is an overall view of fire departments and the shifting demands they are meeting, this is very pertinent to Franklin and our future safety requirements as well as the budget.

With fires accounting for just under 4 percent of total calls to local departments in 2013, fire departments increasingly find themselves targeted by efficiency experts who apply business model measures to government functions. 
“I like to call it the ‘March of Dimes’ problem,” said Alex Tabarrok, an economics professor at George Mason University who’s blogged about the inefficiency of fire department management. “The March of Dimes was successful in curing polio then looked around and said, ‘Now what do we do?’ Firefighters face the same question.”

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Chief McCarragher has raised this issue each budget season as he describes the shifts in call volume and the need for staffing to put on a third ambulance. The most recent budget summary can be found here:

Additional reports and their current strategy document can be found here

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