City completes staffing change at Station 60


The City of Canyon Lake completed a staffing change at Station 60, switching from “municipal” to “non-municipal” (otherwise known as “traditional”) staffing.

“Municipal” staffing requires that a captain be on shift at all times. “Traditional” staffing means that Station 60 will have one captain assigned to it. When that captain is not on shift, the next highest-ranking individual will be in charge of the station.

This change will lead to significant cost savings while maintaining service levels.

The city was originally told that this change could not be implemented until September; however, city staff worked with the county and Division Chief Kirk Barnett to expedite the process. The change was completed on July 15.

According to City Manager Chris Mann, this earlier start date will save the city approximately $82,000 over the budgeted Sept. 1 start date. In all, the switch to traditional staffing will now save the city an estimated $177,000 in Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

Here is a recap of Fiscal Year 2019-2020 fire budget numbers:

Original budget given to city by the county (with “municipal” staffing):  $2,329,774.

Adopted fire budget (assumed a Sept. 1 switch to “traditional” staffing):  $2,234,884.

New FY 2019-2020 fire budget estimate (July 15 start of “traditional” staffing):  $2,152,542.

Total estimated savings in FY 2019-2020 resulting from the switch to “traditional” staffing:  $177,233.