City of Pleasant Hill

Posted on: April 28, 2017

Fire Department brings changes that benefit the community

Pleasant Hill Fire Department

In February 2014, Tom Solberg became Pleasant Hill’s first full-time Fire Chief. When he first came on board, the department only worked with volunteers. Through his leadership, the department has undergone significant changes, which certainly benefits the citizens within the community.

As the community continues to grow, it was important part-time positions be added to decrease the response time to ensure the safety of those the city. In August 2015, the department added two part-time paramedics/firefighters during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the increase in calls for service; the department reevaluated the need for part-time staff on the weekends. On average, the department has 1,050 calls per year or 2.6 calls per day, and 85 percent of those are medical.

Since the part-time positions were added, the response time has decreased to almost half. Majority of staff live 5-10 minutes from the station, but they also work other full-time jobs. They have a passion for helping people, which is why they volunteer to work either the day or night shift.

As the city’s population increases, the need for full-time staff will certainly need to be considered. The safety of those within our community is the number one priority for police, fire and city leaders.

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