Nearly every community in the United States has seen an increase in population and most will continue to do so. This rapid pace has been a significant challenge for fire districts, and with an increase in their service populations coupled with an aging population, emergency call volumes are also increasing.

Many times, these demands for services have increased faster than the capabilities of the fire districts providing them and all indications are that community growth will continue to be a critical issue for many years to come. We have the resources to work with you to develop your Growth Management Plan to assist you develop solutions for the long-term needs of your community.

We will:

• Define the current level of services being provided
• Analyze your projected workload based upon an assessment of potential growth in your community
• Develop an analysis/forecast of anticipated workloads

The F&D team will provide the leadership for community outreach sessions of service expectations, define the level of service needed, and assist you with the development of performance measures and targets. Based upon projected growth, community expectations and analysis of your current facilities, equipment and staff, we will then provide you with a Facility Master Plan to assist you with the growth management of your district. Our analysis of your options will include cost estimates, and a range of options to achieve your goals.

Our growth management plan will provide you with an evolving, long-term planning document that will establish the framework for future facility related decisions to support your strategic plan and mission for your district. Your growth management/master plan will reflect a clear vision and will be created in an open process involving our team and community input and will set a logical course for your district and community for the next 5, 10 and 20 years into the future.

Our steps include:

• Complete a Facility Assessment Report of each facility
• Review Goals and Objectives for the future use of each facility
• Review Technology Improvements
• Analyze Station Locations
• Analyze Risk Mitigation
• Review your Organization Structure
• Review your Resource Deployment
• Analyze Funding Options
• Look at New Service Opportunities

Your Master Plan Should Include

• Profiles of the current fire protection and emergency services system, including the capabilities and limitations of the system.

• Identifies the nature and extent of the risks faced by the citizens, their property and the environment.

• Establishes goals and performance measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the fire and emergency services system in future years.

Your Master Plan reflects the fire department’s desire to enduring professionalism. It also takes a critical look at the fire department’s services, the environment it operates in and should continually seek means to improve itself. It is also important to understand that this document looks at the fire department using a snapshot in time. Therefore, while the fire department is going through the planning process, it is continually implementing many of the recommendations in this document – improving its operations and service delivery.