With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening later this 12 months and the Disney Skyliner being examined for a fall open, plus different points of interest and resort motels beneath building at Walt Disney World, union leaders for the Reedy Creek Hearth Division say that there aren’t sufficient firefighters to deal with the rising crowds, leaving the division “stretched to the max.”
Tim Stromsnes, president of the Reedy Creek Firefighters Affiliation says:
“They’re asking us to do extra with much less. Why are we doing such a disservice to the guests, to the vacationers who come to Disney, and never giving them an sufficient quantity of firefighters to do these operations? We don’t have sufficient firefighters to make them secure.”
In an announcement, Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger responds that, “the protection of visitors and forged is, and shall be, our core focus in working our parks and resorts.”
John Classe, an administrator for the Reedy Creek Enchancment District, provides that he’s assured that the division gives “acceptable ranges of fireplace and medical companies.”
Classe additionally says that union leaders could also be “making an attempt to barter its present collective bargaining settlement within the media.”
Firefighters are typically known as to assist evacuate rides, take care of automobile accidents, accidents, fires, nonetheless, they spend most of their time coping with medical calls.
One in every of Stromsnes’ fundamental issues is the upcoming Disney Skyliner, a gondola system that travels to a number of areas across the resort. He says that over $2 million has been spent on two new vans which have reaches lengthy sufficient to entry the gondolas ought to they cease in mid-air, however that they haven’t employed any new manpower. Up to now, he says, firefighters have spent greater than 2,500 hours coaching on the brand new gear.
There are presently 138 firefighters within the Division, with at the very least 32 on responsibility at anybody time. Earlier this 12 months, the Division requested that 40 new positions be added, however solely two further administrative positions have been budgeted for.
Stromnes concludes: “Now we have the gear. We simply don’t have the individuals.”
Supply: Orlando Sentinel