Why Don't Chiefs Stay?
As Hubbard found out, the public doesn't necessarily want change, either. Last year, he put forth a reorganization plan that would have put four firefighters on the scene of an alarm in five minutes 90 percent of the time rather than the current average of seven minutes--without increasing staff or expense.
The plan addressed concerns that the AAFD wasn't meeting national standards for response times--an issue that surfaced repeatedly in last year's election.
"We need more firefighters," charged Jane Lumm in her Ward Two reelection campaign. "They're not meeting federal standards."
"The fire chief admits he doesn't have enough firefighters to meet national standards," asserted Jack Eaton in his bid in the Fourth Ward.
Lumm and Eaton, who both won their council races, were citing National Fire Protection Association Standard 1710. It calls for departments to get four firefighters to the scene of an alarm within four minutes 90 percent of the time.