Letter From The Chief
Looking back at 2018, it was quite a ride. In May we had a board election and had three members elected to four-year terms. Then as the year went on the Gallagher Amendment and the impact on the long-term financial security of the District came to the forefront of what we had to concentrate on.
Beginning in the summer of 2018, members of the board, union and staff began studying the options available to the District based upon data that we had gathered. In the end the Board decided to go for an election in November to stabilize the revenue stream and thanks to great support from our citizens, the ballot initiative was successful. This effort will stabilize the funds available to the District for years to come.
In addition, the department gave service to our citizens that, as usual, was second to none. We responded on over 15,000 calls for service which is more than we ever have before. More than 1,000 smoke detectors were installed by our crews and staff from the Community Risk Reduction division. In Administration, we hired a new Finance Director and for the sixth year in a row we received recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association for Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program.
Work also began on re-accreditation of the District. This is an intensive process that will take over a year of preparation from all our divisions ending with the District receiving accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence for the second time in 2020.
This is a small snapshot into what we accomplished in 2018 and as you look at our annual report you will see a department that is dedicated to our citizens and as important, dedicated to our personnel. As always, we are honored to be your fire department and we will continue to seek ways to improve the service we deliver.