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Monthly Progress Report

West Valley Fire Department

Yakima County Fire District 12

For the Meeting of November 12, 2019

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           November 5, 2019

The primary purpose of this report is to keep the Board of Fire Commissioners informed as to the activities and progress on major programs or objectives.  The items listed, as near as possible, are in priority order.  As a second purpose, this report will be shared with the Officers Management Team and all fire personnel.

Personnel:

The loss of Cadet Firefighter Gavin Gill this past month has been difficult for our members, we had around 50 members attend his funeral October 26th.  Gavin’s family requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Firefighters Association scholarship and the Association is working to fill this request.  We continue to stand by ready to assist Gavin’s family as needed.

Station 54 firefighter Kat McCarty has been granted leave to August 2020.  Station 51 Firefighter David Martinez has resigned. 

As the year winds down, we are contacting members below expectation and working with them to find common ground to keep them active in the Department.

Starting November, we have 90 on call members, 74 in service for operations, 8 support, 1 medical leave and 7 on leave of absence.  Our total number of personnel is 100.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The 2020 budget is in final draft form and is on the agenda for approval.  It was decided, because of the amount of the 2020 carry over, to transfer $40,000 from the Fire fund to the Reserve fund in 2019, instead of two separate transfers.  This completes our goal of reaching 20% of our general tax levy amount in the Reserve fund by February 2020.

Also, on the agenda is a Resolution to transfer funds to the Debt Service account.  This will be the last payment on the District’s existing bond for the construction of Station 51.

Department Training and Safety: By Captain Jim Johnston

October Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill / SCBA Quarterly, OTEP Workshop C (Travis Alert Act &Trauma), Districtwide Multi Company Operations @ Apple Valley Elementary, Hose / Appliance Fundamentals, and Maps & Addressing / Officer Promotional Testing.

Developed the November Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill, TIC Use Basics, and Hazmat Refresher.

On October 5th Lt Lyons did the classroom portion of EVIP for this year’s Recruit Class.

During the week of October 14th thru 18th our Department hosted an Instructor 2 Class, in total there were 7 students which include Lt Lyons and me.

On October 19th I conducted the Driver / Operator Class for this year’s Recruits and a couple of others from the previous class, Lt Scully assisted me with the practical side of the class.

I attended a 6-day class at the National Fire Academy from October 27th thru November 1st.  The class was titled Safety Program Operations.  There were 30 students in the class from all over the United States, the class was very good, it gave me some pretty good tools for implementing more safety in our Department.

Fire Prevention / Public Education: By Captain Jim Johnston

On October 4th myself and the Day Crew visited Mountainview Elementary School for Fire Prevention Week, we met with 36 Kindergarteners.  We went over the basics of home fire safety as well as demonstrating the transition from Department uniform to full turnouts.

On October 7th and 10th myself and the Day Crew went to Summitview Elementary School for Fire Prevention Week, there was a total of 60 Kinders that received the same message as the Mountainview kids.

On October 12th Station 52 sent a crew in Engine 52 along with Captain Haubrich in the Duty Chief car to Lowes Hardware for Fire Prevention Week, while there they interacted with customers with home fire safety messages.

On October 23rd 64 1st Graders from Apple Valley Elementary visited our Fire Station for a Field Trip, while here I talked to them about home fire safety, we then went outside and demonstrated the Deck Gun and let them flow water out of the Booster line. 

Recruitment & Retention:  By LT Chris Lyons

To date we have received 10 applications. We have been letting the applicants know as they turn applications in that we have moved the hiring period and will also be sending letters out to all of them reminding them of the change.

I have submitted a draft of the 2020 recruitment plan to Chief Craig, once he has gone over it, I will make any necessary changes and submit the final draft. I have also submitted my survey to Chief Craig for his review, once it has been finalized it will be sent out to our members for completion.

Speaking with CPT Boisselle, we will have the new application ready at the close of this application period. In an effort to keep the everything the same for all of the applicants during this period, we will keep the same application until March 31st.

Futures Program / Cadet Program:  By LT Chris Lyons

The students have been primarily working on search and rescue and hoses in the month of October. Moving forward we will continue to work on search and rescue practical’s, as well as begin our Wildland portion of the class. 

Strategic Planning:

Action plan items we are working on in November include reviewing activity levels, incident mileage and types.  Promotional testing continues and we are wrapping up a few retention projects with a survey and updated plan.

At our workshop November 26th I plan to have a draft 2020 Action Plan available for review in addition to reviewing the Retention Plan and cost per incident analysis completed this month.

Operations: 

In October there were a total of 72 incidents of which 67 were handled by our personnel.

Incidents:                                         YTD                                                    

Station 51                   13                   126

Station 52                   15                   139     

Station 53                   4                    69

Station 54                   4                     43

Station 50                   31                   268

Yakima                        0                     19

Ambulance Only         5                     65

2019 Total                                          729

Incident Type:    Month            Type                                                        YTD Fire                              5                      3 building, 2 brush                             85 EMS                             57                    49 EMS, 7 MVC                             494 Hazardous Condition 0                                                                                   7       Service Call                 0                                                                                47          Good Intent                4                      3 controlled burn, 1 nothing found     50          False Alarm                 7                      3 fire alarm, 2 false, 2 CO                43         Severe Weather          0                                                                                  1

Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                               YTD Canceled enroute       10                    6 EMS, 2 AA, 2 MVA                                     85 Extinguishment          5                      3 bldg, 2 brush                                               55 Provide BLS                 47                                                                                        433 Assist Invalid               0                                                                                           42 Investigate                  9                      3 AA, 3 cntrl brn, 2 CO, 1 nothing                81 Other                          1                      Traffic at an MVC                                          15

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                                    

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                3

From Yakima               1                                  To Yakima                   0

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                 17                                            YTD                 33       

Mutual Aid Received             0     Mutual Aid Given       2 (Nile, Dist 5)                         YTD                             2                                              YTD                        16       

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after)                        Qualifying Alarms: 53, Target met: mo 41 (77%) yr 304 (71%), Target not met: mo 12 (23%) yr 126 (29%)

Losses: $75,000 (25k contents, 50k building) house fire.

Logistics:

This past month Engine 51 was in for repairs to a wheel seal and Engine 54 had no plumbing and a check valve installed to prevent pump leaks.  All SCBA and masks have been tested and the fuel pump cover at Station 52 completed.  Irrigation systems at the stations have all been winterized with the use of the West Valley School District compressor, use of their compressor has been a great partnership over the past couple years and we appreciate their help as it’s a win-win for taxpayers.

This week I am meeting with KDA Architecture to get the Station 51 expansion project back on track, as soon as a new timeline is developed, we can move forward with the project with plans to complete it in 2020.

Interlocal:

The West Valley School District Connection featured an article highlighting our partnership with them in the use of their buildings for training. 

Recently I discovered problems with the incident count in the EMS levy formula.  The EMS Admin Board plans to hold a meeting regarding the formula and distribution in November.  Either this meeting or a special meeting in December is planned to have the County Auditor and Assessor attend to clarify issues with the formula.

The radio infrastructure group is getting on track to begin producing information to move forward with engineering, a survey was provided to all agencies to start data collection on the needs of the new system.  The group meets the third Monday monthly and I have begun attending the meetings.

Grants:

We have been notified our 2018 AFG for a quint will not be funded. I believe the 2019 grant process will open in December and am currently reviewing our needs in preparation of our request.

We submitted for a DNR phase II grant to outfit the surplus truck we received from them; the grant covers 50% of the cost to retrofit the truck to meet our needs.

Good of the Order:

For the third year running our Department received second place in the Washington State Fire Commissioners Association Management Excellence Award.

This past month I was asked by WA Chiefs Association Director Wayne Senter to serve on a committee to develop volunteer chief officer training.  We are focused on offering no-cost one day training seminars focused on current issues. We have developed a course list and each committee member is developing course material to be offered in Wenatchee the weekend before the annual chief’s conference. If successful the plan would be to offer the course regionally around the state with rotating subjects.

The County Fire Commissioners Association quarterly meeting is November 21st at District 5.

Respectfully,

Nathan Craig

Fire Chief