Currently there are (1) Captain, (1) Lieutenant, (7) firefighters and (1) fire alarm operator on each of the four shifts. Each shift works a rotating schedule of day and night shifts covering 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Station One, which is located on Brown Avenue in the Beach District, is staffed with (1) Lieutenant, (1) Firefighter/EMT and (1)Firefighter/Paramedic who are all assigned to an ALS (Advanced Life Support) Engine company.
Station Two, which is located on Winnacunnet Road in the Town District, is staffed with (1) Captain and (4) Firefighters. The Captain and (2) firefighters are assigned to an Engine company. The other (2) firefighters are assigned to an Ambulance. The (1) firefighter is assigned to the Ladder Truck. The (1) Fire Alarm operator is assigned to the dispatch center at Station Two.
If two emergency medical calls occur simultaneously the (2) firefighters that are assigned to the Engine company move over and staff a second Ambulance and respond to the call. By shifting the (2) firefighters to the Ambulance the Engine company is now out of service and unavailable to respond to emergencies. As you can see there are many times when the Engine, Ambulance or Ladder company are out of service and unavailable to respond to emergencies because there are not enough firefighters on duty to staff enough apparatus enough of the time.