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Monthly Progress Report

West Valley Fire Department

Yakima County Fire District 12

For the Meeting of July 10, 2018

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           July 5, 2018

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:

Firefighter Jason Tupy had surgery on the knee he injured on a fire a couple months ago. The surgery was successful and Jason is expected to be back in service in a month or so.

Chaplain Mark Swanson was granted leave for a summer sabbatical for his church, Support member Jean Siebert was granted leave until August and Firefighter Austin Yearout was granted leave until this fall for his work with the Ahtanum 20 this fire season.

Ashleigh Cladwell has returned to the support unit from leave.

Peyton Connor, Sarah Flickinger and Tyler Peters all resigned this past month.

Starting June we have 90 volunteers, 75 in service for combat firefighting, 7 in service for support, 6 out of service on leave, 1 on light duty and 1 on medical leave.  Our total number of members with volunteers, staff and Commissioners is 100 members.

Strategic Planning:

Progress in June included training for all members in effective communication and learning to understand each other in situations outside of emergency incidents.  The Capital Improvement Plan update continued and the WSRB re-rate was completed. 

This month’s strategic focus is including our PRIDE motto into everyday activities, researching different certification levels for volunteers, finalizing the Capital Improvement Plan and continue work on recruitment and retention.

As we move into the summer months we need to begin working on the update to the plan, in July we are scheduled to begin working on refining a citizen survey to determine our future priorities for updating the plan and adding a new fifth year.

Department Training and Safety: By Captain Jim Johnston

June Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, Engine Company Attack Evolutions, Safety Stand Down, and Water Supply – Drafting.

Developed the July Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill / SCBA Quarterly, Hose Testing, and District Family BBQ.

On June 13th we conducted “Live Fire” Training evolutions with the eight June hires – two Firefighters and six Cadets.  This was their 1st exposure to real fire conditions, most of them did very well, one had some anxiety issues that we worked through.  In general, the kids were very well prepared for this training, this reflects on the success of the High School Fire Science Class, Lt Lyons and the Day Crew have done an excellent job preparing them.

On June 18th I was invited to participate in the meeting with the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau visit to the Station.  It was very eye opening on the criteria in which departments are rated.

Fire Prevention / Public Education: By Captain Jim Johnston

On June 1st the Cottonwood Elementary School 1st Graders – 84 of them plus 20+ parents visited Station 51 for a station tour.  While here we gave them a brief 20-minute fire safety discussion then followed up with some hands-on exercises which included touring an Engine, spraying water from a booster line at the Bull-Ex Digital Fire prop, operating our BlitzFire ground monitor, and doing the kid version Firefighter Combat Challenge.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Christy Boisselle

I am currently preparing a mid-year budget review that we can look at in August.  This will help us in preparing the 2019 budget as well.

Interlocal:

This past month the Upper Valley Districts that contract with SunComm met to discuss the future of dispatching on county main. At this time it appears everyone is interested in taking more control over our frequency and developing a consortium to oversee equipment, budgeting and dispatching.  At this time, we need to organize and then put together a plan to develop a request for proposals on the dispatching and equipment maintenance.  Notes from this meeting are included in your meeting packet for further discussion.

Spillman was at SunComm four days last month to provide dispatch personnel with training in using the system and review CAD recommendations for dispatching fire.  Once all the changes are implemented we should get a good idea if fire can continue to support YakCorp and Spillman as a viable option for dispatching fire.

Operations: 

In June there were a total of 77 incidents in District (18 fires, 40 EMS, 3 hazardous conditions, 8 service calls and 8 good intents), 66 of these incidents were handled by our personnel.           

Incidents:                                        YTD                                                    

Station 51                   13                   83

Station 52                   18                   75       

Station 53                   13                  45

Station 54                    3                    28

Station 50                   19                   123

Yakima                          7                    22

Ambulance Only          4                    32

YTD                                                   408

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                    From Highland            0                                  To Highland                1

From Yakima               2                                  To Yakima                   1

From Gleed                 0

YTD                 9                                              YTD                 20       

Mutual Aid Received             1          Mutual Aid Given       3 (2 Yakima, 1 EV) YTD                 2                                        YTD                        20       

Last month we had $1,500 in losses from minor fires in houses and 165 acres of wildland burned, the largest fire was a two alarm 158 acre fire up Aspen Springs that brought 14 apparatus and 38 West Valley personnel to the scene in addition to a full second alarm with interface response from our mutual aid partners and one strike team, three DNR engines, one 20 person hand crew, two helicopters, two SEATS, one air boss, two dozers and an overhead team from the DNR on scene.  High winds and the interface environment warranted a large response to protect lives and property which was successful as there were no injuries or damage to structures.

Logistics:

Construction is underway at Station 52, there was a delay in getting the building permit, however, some of the plumbing work and dirt work was able to move ahead during the delay.  We have requested an updated construction schedule based on the current situation.  As of now the washer/extractor has been installed and is fully functional, we are working with our chemical supplier to install the automated soap dispensing system to the machine before using it.

I met with Don Poston the architect that designed Station 51 and had already been working with Chief Leitch on designing an addition to Station 51.  Don is taking our ideas and will create a rough cost estimate, so we can be well informed before moving ahead with plans to expand the station.

I have been working with YSO on selling them our old surplus rescue, the estimate I received from the manufacture on value puts it between $8k and $12k.  YSO wants to use the rescue for their dive rescue team, we are working a deal that includes trading for used radios and some cash to equal $10,000.

We plan to begin rocking the retention pond area at Station 53 in the next few weeks as well as finish up several other outstanding projects.

Legislative:

Both Senator King and Representative Mosbrucker visited the station last month to discuss volunteer recruitment and retention issues as well as funding requests.  I will be providing each with some capital budget items we could use State funding help with. Representative Mosbrucker will be back August 27th to do a ride-a-long with our crew, she would like to have a roundtable with volunteers from the area that day however, with limited time this will need to be done during the day.

Good of the Order:

Our WSRB re-rate went smooth, we should have the results in a couple months for our review.

Respectfully,

Nathan Craig

Fire Chief