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West Valley Fire Department

Yakima County Fire District 12

For the Meeting of January 11, 2022

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           January 6, 2022

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:

Ending 2021, we had 69 on call members, 57 in service for operations, 10 support, 1 medical leave, and 1 on leave of absence.  Our total number of personnel is 79.

Christy is updating the job description for Office Assistant and will post the job this month.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The migration to the new SpringBrook finance program is done.  There were a few minor adjustments, but now the program is up and running in the cloud.

Fire Prevention/Public Education: By Officer Boisselle

Chief Craig has scheduled various fire prevention messages to post to our FaceBook page weekly.  Most messages coordinate with our external messages in our Communications Plan.

Working on the first installment of the District newsletter to be in citizens mail boxes the end of January.

Operations: 

Last month there were a total of 72 alarms, 85 we responded to.  The total for all alarms in 2021 was 950, with 844 answered by our Members, 94 ambulance only and 12 auto aid handled by Yakima.

Incidents:                                                         YTD       Incidents by Zone       YTD Zone                       

Station 51                   7                     119                  14                      212 (25.1%)

Station 52                   12                   201                  25                     350 (41.5%)

Station 53                   5                    112                  11                      184 (21.8)

Station 54                   5                     54                    8                        98  (11.6%)

Station 50                   29 (2 duty)     358                    

Yakima                        2                     12

Ambulance Only         12                   94

Total                                                     950

 

Incident Type:                        Month            Type                                              YTD

Fire                              8                     4 building (2AA), 2 vehicle, 2 brush                     117

EMS                             60                    49 EMS, 11 MVC                                      661

Hazardous Condition 0                                                                                           21

Service Call                 2                      2 assist invalid                                            71

Good Intent                2                      1 outdoor burn, 1 smoke (2duty officer)     53

False Alarm                 0                                                                                         27           

Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                            YTD

Canceled enroute       9       3 Med Alarm, 3 EMS, 2 Auto Aid, 1 MVC                82

Extinguishment          5                      2 Bldg, 2 vehicle, 1 brush                             78

Provide BLS                 44                                                                                      559

Assist Invalid               2                                                                                         67

Investigate                  12       1- outdoor burn, 2 EMS, 7 MVC, 1 Brush, 1 Smoke                        162

Other                          0                                                                                             6

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                   

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                1

From Yakima               0                                  To Yakima                   1

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                 4                                              YTD                 49       

 

Mutual Aid Received             0                                  Mutual Aid Given       0

            YTD                             6                                              YTD                 19       

Two fires last month had reportable damage. The first was a chicken coop/outbuilding that was a $2,500 loss and the second a fully involved mobile home that caused $30,000 in loss.

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after) Qualifying Alarms: 41mo, 574yr, Target met: mo 34 (83%) yr 413 (72%), Target not met: mo 7 (17%) yr 161 (28%)

EMS responses: last month we had a total of 23 BLS calls in District, 12 BLS calls were within our ambulance only boundary.  We had an additional 20 medic calls within our District boundary requiring fire and ALS ambulance response.  For the pilot program and potential county contract we have started tracking ambulance responses in our District, Highland and Yakima 92’s area. Last month in these three areas there were 70 BLS calls and 89 ALS calls including 5 low priority EMR Yellows and 5 medical alarms.  This data will be important in the future as to the feasibility of housing an ambulance in District.

Recruitment and Retention- By DC Jim Johnston

After completing testing, we are submitting an action request to the Board to bring on 7 firefighters and 2 support members. 

With previously trained Members re-joining the Department I have developed a streamlined training plan to train former West Valley Firefighters in a shorter period than recruits without previous experience.

Department Training and Safety: By DC Jim Johnston

December Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, Recruit Class Graduation, Performance Evaluations, Officer Choice, and Pride & Ownership.

Developed the January Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill, SCBA Confidence / SCBA Quarterly, Team Building, and State of the Department.

On December 13th I attended a virtual online meeting for the L&I FIIRE program to discuss the expectations of the program as well as going over their extensive Vulnerability Assessment Program (VAP) survey.  The VAP survey was completed later that week, it was a 400+ question survey on safety and training.  Later this month a quarterly report is due, this report is meant to show our efforts in documentation for Quarter One of the program.  On January 10th a template will be sent out to begin working on a Safety Improvement Plan, this plan will be due in March.

Strategic Plan:

We have begun implementing our Strategic Communications Plan for the month of January and started work on first quarter action plan strategies. At our workshop meeting later this month we will report on our progress.

Logistics:

This month we are replacing tires on Brush 53, installing a decal on the wall of Station 53 and ordering 10 sets of turnout gear.

All apparatus were washed and waxed in December.

Recent repairs have been made to several furnaces and our plow truck.

Interlocal:

All Districts are moving forward with plans to move dispatching to District 5 April 1, 2022.

County Commissioner McKinney advised the counties timeline is to request ambulance contract proposals starting this month.

The County radio study is underway with Televate hired to do the consulting work. We hold weekly meetings and have been providing them information about current systems in the valley, they plan to be in town early February to meet all agencies.

Legislative:

We have submitted a capital budget request through Representative Corry for $10,000 to update the kitchen in the community center at Station 54. This money would go along with the $10,000 we budgeted to update the kitchen in the station to complete both at the same time.

Additionally, on behalf of the Communications Committee I submitted a request for $130,000 to replace the microwaves at our radio towers.  The legislative session begins this week.

Grants:

We are still waiting for a weather window to pick up the 30 office chairs from state surplus. 

FEMA extended the AFG grant deadline however we submitted ours a week before the original due date, this extension will more than likely push back grant notifications. 

The State EMS Trauma Grant this year will be $1125, and we have submitted our documentation to receive the funding.

Good of the Order:

In December past Commissioner George Glessner passed away. George served as a Commissioner from 1977-2001 and has been a regular at our retiree monthly coffee meetings.

Kevin Quantrelle will be joining the Department in the role of Chaplain and Support Services which I think will help keep him connected to our Members and Community.

Respectfully,

Nathan Craig

Fire Chief