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City of Danville Fire Department 2012 Annual Report to the Board of Commissioners and Citizens

Our Motto: You Call, We Respond Inside

Firefighters-making the difference

Overview

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Customer Service

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Response Data

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Fire Prevention

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Community Friendly

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It is the mission of the Danville Fire Department to preserve life and property, promote public safety and foster economic growth through leadership, management and actions, as an all risk life safety response provider.

Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in your community and it takes many forms. Civic engagement is being an active participant in promoting the quality of life. The fire service was founded on this very idea of protecting and assisting citizens in enjoying the benefits of a fire safe community. Each year firefighters from the City of Danville Fire Department do more for the community than just respond to emer-

gencies and help those who are injured or sick. They also give back to the community in other ways, such as the annual Christmas Toys Program. Besides the Christmas Toys Program, the firefighters also take part in other public and charity causes as well as assist in many events within the city. The City of Danville Fire Department Vision begins and ends talking about people. People are central to everything else we do in the

Fire Department. Organizations do not protect communities; people do. Firefighters work hard, train, stay ready, grow and develop leadership – they sacrifice and take risks on behalf of the community. Whether it's responding to emergencies, training, or educating people; the firefighters know that what guides the fire department is the vision and principles for a safer Danville with a high quality of life.

Training In 2012, the Danville Fire Department was funded to make training a priority. This focus on training was instituted because the median service time for firefighters decreased due to retirements. The department’s hazmat team worked in improving its’ capabilities and increasing pro-

ficiency. New fire instructors were certified to national and state standards. Firefighters received extensive training in homeland security objectives. All in all, the training division offered over 400 hours in different types of fire and rescue training. In 2013, the department has set a goal of achieving national certification in Fire Officer 1 for all supervisors and potential supervisors. DFD will be the first department in the state of Kentucky to pursue this accreditation.

Avg. Training hrs per fullfull-time firefighter, 2012:

278


Overview The 2012-2013 budget for the fire department is $2.518,280.49. The per capita costs is $152 per person. 88% of the budget addresses salary and benefits. Currently the department is funded for 25 full-time firefighters and 25 part-time firefighters for 365 days, 24 hours per day. At any given time there is an average of7.8 firefighters to respond to emergencies and provide services. Overall, emergency responses increased in 2012 but structure fires and major events decreased with the estimated fire loss being the lowest in five years. As in the last three years, cooking and kitchen fires ranked number one for the leading cause of fire. Response to vehicle crashes ranked as the number one emergency run and the one fire death suffered in 2012, was directly related to a vehicle crash. Many of the department’s fire safety services were curtailed in 2012, primarily because of the Vice Presidential Debate taking many hours of staff preparation. This is evident, especially in the fire marshal’s services, where the annual school visits were wither cut short or cancelled. Staff estimates that ninety days of normal operations was affected by the debate preparation. Smoke detectors installations were down, mainly because the department had placed all smoke detectors that has been provided by a previous grant. The department secured more donated smoke detectors for 2013 and expects the installations to meet or exceed the 2011 data. The department plans on meeting budget priorities with continued full staffing and the purchase of a utility truck. As mentioned on the first page of this report, firefighter training has also been a priority. The department continues to aggressively pursues all grant opportunities and has put forth an initiative to reduce fuel costs.

Meeting Priorities: Customer Service 2010

2011

2012

732

569

590

2649

2670

3010

# of People Trained in CPR/First aid:

N/A

232

130

# of Car Seats installed: # of Christmas Toy Program Benefactors

148 346

146 459

161 463

Service Requests handled: Phone Calls Taken:

2012 Vice Presidential Debate Preparations The Danville Fire Department began planning for the debate in December of 2011. Many meetings were held with law enforcement and the United States Secret Service. Contingency plans were made for all types of scenarios to insure that in the event of an emergency during the debate, firefighters could respond appropriately. A new Foam Firefighting Skid Unit was mounted on the department’s 6 x 6 Polaris for rapid response in the debate festival area. On the day of the debate, all Danville firefighters were on duty and standing by at their various assignments. Several small incidents were checked out by the fire department with all being non-events. Near the end of the debate, firefighters were asked for assistance by Kentucky State Police for a protester in a tree. Crews stood by for safety, until the protester was coaxed down peacefully. The Vice Presidential Debate was a great showcase for the City of Danville and the fire department was proud to do their part in its success!


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Meeting Priorities: Emergency Response Data 2009

2010

2011

2012

Total Incidents

476

687

765

795

Average Response time

3.90

4.19

3.85

3.68

15

35

13

7

Estimated Dollar Loss

$416,000.00

$1,958,025.0

$1,000,747.0

$224,635

Total Structure Fires

18

24

14

9

Total Car Crash Responses

72

148

162

167

Total Hazmat Responses

22

46

37

61

Fire Alarm Responses

138

146

116

139

Civilian Injuries—deaths

2/0

4/1

4/0

5/1

Fire Dept Injuries-deaths

0/0

5/0

5/0

1/0

Incident Data

Major Incidents

Inspections, Fire Prevention and Education By the Numbers

2010

2011

2012

Inspections

641

604

493

Burn Permits

165

167

115

58 total

62 total

66 total

New Smoke Detector installs

62

16

20

Batteries installed in smoke detectors

NR

97

25

Home Safety Surveys

NR

4

0

Fire Extinguisher training recipients

506

951

480

Fire Safety training recipients

778

505

562

Fire Station visits recipients

114

268

235

NR

475

220

1888

1995

391

Knox Box Program participants

Fire truck Visits Fire Prevention Month Attendees


Fire Chief ’s Message Fire Station Locations: Station 1 420 West Main St. Station 2 101 Fire Side Drive Business # 859-238-1211 Fax# 859-238-1214 On the Web:

danvilleky.org You call…. WE RESPOND!

DANVILLE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

The City of Danville Fire Department understands the importance of providing services in addition to those that everyone associates with the fire, rescue, and EMS services provided to our community. We strive to offer additional services that provide valuable information and interaction between our members and the citizens, businesses, and visitors that we serve. We have chosen to refer to these services and programs as "Community Friendly Services." We perform a variety of these friendly services a little or no cost to the community. We also have a great Face-Book page that has almost a 1000 followers. Last year, we had 373,256 views and visits on our posts and we just updated our web page to be more user friendly. If you have a question or would like more information about any of our "Community Friendly Services," please see our web-site at danvilleky.org and click on the fire department tab under About Us , City Departments. If you have other questions or need more information feel free to contact me by email at wball@danvilleky.org or by calling 859-238-1211, Monday Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M and we will be glad to provide assistance.

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Mayor Bernie Hunstad

COMMUNITY FRIENDLY SERVICES

Mayor Pro-Tem Paige Stevens

Victim & Family Assistance Program

Fall Prevention Program

After the Fire Assistance Program

“Business Emergency Planning Assistance”

Commissioner Kevin Caudill

Automatic External Defibrillator's (AED’s)

Safety Training

CPR and First Aid Classes

Fire Safety Trailer

Commissioner James H. Atkins

Pet CPR and First Aid

Campus and Student Fire Safety

Blood Pressure Monitoring

Christmas Toys Program

Fire Station Tours

Downtown Christmas Lights

Fire Truck Visits

Special Events Standby

Fire Extinguisher Training

Burn Permits

Free Smoke Detector Program.

Smoke Detector Battery Replacement

Hydraulic Engineering-Hydrant Flow Tests

Child-seat Installation Education

Commissioner Paul Smiley City Manager Ron Scott Fire Chief James “Woody” Ball

Pictured:

Fire truck visit at the Boyle County Public Library


Danville Fire Department 2012 Annual Report