2000 ANNUAL REPORT
Federal Way Fire Department
31617 1st Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003
50 YEARS OF HELPING PEOPLE
FINANCE & PERSONNEL
A, B & C SHIFTS
PREVENTION & PUBLIC EDUCATION
FIRE FIGHTERS FOUNDATION
Federal Way Fire Department
2000 Annual Report
Editing and Layout: Debbie Goetz
Digital Photography: Debbie Goetz
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INTRODUCTION: Administrator Jim Hamilton
We are pleased to provide this annual report to the Federal Way community for the Federal Way Fire Department.
During 2000, the community experienced significant growth, particularly in commercial occupancies. The Department is addressing this growth through implementation of the actions identified in the Federal Way Fire Department Strategic Plan. Great progress has been made toward achievement of this plan.
The Department faced many issues during 2000. Three of particular significance are:
The addition of a second Training Officer. Training requirements in the fire service continue to grow in significance and complexity. Safety is becoming more of a driving force in training programs. This addition has helped to improve the quality and quantity of training that our firefighters receive.
The addition of three new firefighter positions. This will bring one additional station up to three-person staffing, leaving just one station with two-person staffing. This station is scheduled for three firefighters in 2002.
The addition of a Medical Services Officer to help guide our activities in Emergency Medical Services, which represent over 75 percent of our call volumes. Our growth in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls continues to average approximately 6 percent per year. In addition, the regulatory requirements in delivering EMS continue to escalate. The Medical Services Officer will help address these important needs.
Since January 2000, the Federal Way Fire Department has represented the City of Federal Way on the EMS Task Force. In 2000, the Task Force completed the following:
§ Reviewed progress in implementing the current strategic plan initiatives and original task force recommendations and reported its findings to the county and cities;
§ Provided oversight and direction on development of the strategic plan update with support from the county EMS division, the EMS Advisory Committee and the EMS Financial Staff Team; and
§ Recommended an updated EMS strategic plan and financing proposal to the county and cities with populations greater than 50,000. This will be completed by no later than March 31, 2001.
Brief highlights from each division of the Department are included in this annual report. They are indicative of the dedication and high capabilities of our employees as they continue to help people of the greater Federal Way community.