Franklin Fire Department Annual Report2011 by RU4pDvu6




Letter from the Fire Chief…………………………………..……………………………………………………………………………………1

Organizational Chart……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….3

Staffing by Stations………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4

Bureau of Training and Operations……………………….……………………………………………………..………………………...5

Bureau of Emergency Service………………………………..………………………………………………………………………………13

Major Incidents………………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….16

Mutual Aid and MABAS Fire Responses.…………………………………..…………………………………………………………...20

Technical Rescue Team..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..23

Buildings and Grounds……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….….26

Bureau of Maintenance.………………………………………………………………………………………………………….………….…28

Fire Inspection Bureau………………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………….31
                                                                                      Fire Department

From Fire Chief James Martins

Honorable Mayor Taylor
Members of the Common Council
Members of the Police and Fire Commission
City Departments Support System
City of Franklin Residents

The following document is the report to you on the activities of the Franklin Fire Department in
the year 2011. With ever increasing challenges to our ability to provide emergencies services to
our city, the members of this department never waiver in their goal to provide the highest level
of fire protection, emergency medical services and managing all other emergencies we are
called to.

As we look back on 2011, some of accomplishments you will read about in this report are:

      Installation of Weather Warning Sirens and the Emergency Notification System

      Implementation of our Target Safety Training Program

      Growing our Water Rescue capabilities

      Training a Technical Rescue Team to meet growing needs in Franklin

      Received an award from St Luke’s for our high level of EMS services

We are proud of these efforts to grow, while dealing with limited resources. Mayor Taylor and
members of the Common Council continue to support the need for high quality public safety.
But all possible ways of delivering this service must be explored. That’s why as the year ended,
I was sitting on a steering committee to study, if it made sense, to consolidate our fire
department with other communities departments in the area. The fire service in Milwaukee
County shares a considerable amount of resources already. With very elaborate mutual aid
systems (MABAS) and EMS support, the fire service has led the way in efficiently working
together cooperatively, with cost effective plans to assist each other. In 2012 the Public Policy
Forum will issue a report for elected officials to study. Then decide if services can be provided
differently in the future. I believe all the information should be evaluated, with what is” best for
Franklin” as their guide.

We must always remember the professional skills and compassion of the members of the
Franklin Fire Department. Every day we see the dedication and commitment these individuals
provide. I cannot thank them enough.

In conclusion, I want to express my appreciation to the Franklin Police Department and
Dispatchers, City Hall especially the Clerk’s Office, Bill Wucherer and his staff at the Health
Department, DPW, and Building Inspection. Your support is outstanding.

Please take time to review the activity of your Franklin Fire Department for the year 2011.
Thank you.


James Martins

Fire Chief

City of Franklin

         Franklin Fire Department Organizational Chart
                      December 31, 2011


                            Fire Chief
                          James Martins
      FIRE DEPT.

                         Assistant Chief           Fire Marshal
                         Adam Remington            Gordon Jepsen
Admin. Secretary
 Catherine Heder                                                       PT. Fire Inspector
                                                                           Dave Zabler

   Black Shift             Green Shift               Red Shift

 Battalion Chief:        Battalion Chief          Battalion Chief
    Greg Muth              Ron Mayer               Kurt Stueck

Fire Lieutenants:        Fire Lieutenants:       Fire Lieutenants:     Lt. of Equipment:
   Patrick Hays           Craig Langowski           Lance Braun          Firefighter/EMT
  Andy Piasecki            Joseph Strelka          Paul Guilbert III      Rick Bastien

EMS Lieutenant:          EMS Lieutenant:         EMS Lieutenant:
  John Young               Kevin Cech             Michael Visauer

   Firefighter/             Firefighter/            Firefighter/
  Paramedics               Paramedics               Paramedics
Donald Bellante*         Thomas Hensiak*             Ken Mootz*
 Robert Michals*           Russel Dohr*           Jeremy Tietyen*
  Mark Mussa*             Andrew Gould*           Dave Newsom*
 Robert Manke*           Edward Schmidt            Kieth Nickels
 Richard Carlsen          Shawn Ganser              Justin Pallen
  Steve Schultz            Paul Rynders            Dillon Gavinski
                          Frederick Rinke
  Roger Beavers         Firefighter/EMTs:        Firefighter/EMTs:
   Marcus Day             James Valdez*           Andrew Fruncek*
Anthony Psicihulis      Bradley Polaske Jr.      Jason Truebenbach
Justin Reszczynski          Chris Foley           Eric Machajewski

  * = Ladder Operator
                Dive Squad
                       Technical Rescue Team
                                   Dive Squad and Tech Rescue Team

                       Franklin Fire Department Staffing by Station

                                                         Fire Station #1 (8901 W Drexel Ave)

                                                   5 Personnel:

                                                   Officer In Charge (1 Person)

                                                   1 BLS Ambulance (2 firefighter EMTs)

                                                   1 ALS/BLS “Med” Unit (2 firefighter/paramedics)

                                                   Engine 1 (Cross-staffed when one or both
                                                   ambulances are in quarters)

          Fire Station #2 (9911 S 60th St.)

2 Personnel:

1 ALS/BLS “Med” Unit (2 firefighter/paramedics)

Engine 2 (Cross-staffed when ambulance is in quarters)

                                                         Fire Station #3 (4755 W Drexel Ave)

                                                   4 Personnel:

                                                   1 BLS Ambulance (2 firefighter EMTs)

                                                   1 ALS/BLS “Med” Unit (2 firefighter/paramedics)

                                                   Engine 3 (Cross-staffed when one or both
                                                   ambulances are in quarters)

                                                   Truck 2 (Cross-staffed when one or both
                                                   ambulances are in quarters; responds in lieu of E-
                                                   3 for commercial and multi-family occupancies)
                                            Bureau of Training and Operations

Call for Service Statistics:

                          Call Volume by Response Area

                                                                       M/V Accident
                                                        Local Alarm

                                                                                      Service Call
                                          Fire Alarm

                                          EMS – BLS

                        EMS - ALS

                                          EMS - BLS

                                          (2- unit)

Response Area
Station 1 North                370         463 110 12 131                    39             32          15 1172 35.94%
Station 1 South                115         151 27 2 50                       13              7           5  370 11.35%
Station 2 West                  44          69   6 0 14                       4              0           0  137 4.20%
Station 2 East                 109         123 21 3 86                       11              9           2  364 11.16%
Station 3 North                239         363 62 11 106                     13             19           3  816 25.02%
Station 3 South                 34          29   8 4 16                       5              3           4  103 3.16%
Mutual Aid                     246          16   0 33   0                     2              2           0  299 9.17%
Total                    1157 1214 234 65 403 87 72                                                     29    3261

                                                                       Call Volume Type Summary

        Total Runs by Month
           (Fire and EMS)                                         72
                2009 2010 2011
January           263               279    274                         87             29
                                                                                                                         EMS; ALS
February          238               232    269
March             246               257    255                                                                           EMS; BLS
                                                       65             403
April             259               289    240                                                       1157                Fire Alarm
May               268               280    283                                                                           Local Alarm
June              270               281    284
                                                                                                                         M/V Accdnt.
July              250               282    288                         1448
August            254               273    261                                                                           Service Call
September         263               251    287                                                                           Burn Complaint
October           255               257    283
November          306               255    270
December          249               278    267
Total         3121        3214 3261

5-4-2 Staffing Initiative:

2012 brought major operational changes for the Franklin Fire Department. Most significant was a re-
distribution of personnel in order to better cover fire and EMS call volume in the City’s most populous
areas, while maintaining the Department’s high standards in terms of response times and the high-level
of EMS care that all citizens are accustomed to. Within the Department, this was known as the 5-4-2
staffing initiative. This change was accomplished by reducing staffing on the Department’s two existing
ALS (paramedic) ambulances from three to two personnel (which is consistent with all other EMS
services in Milwaukee County), and using the two remaining paramedics to staff a third ALS Ambulance

Since the staffing redistribution, the Department has been able to maintain an Advanced Live Support
(ALS) ambulance in each of the City’s three fire stations, and 2-person Basic Life Support (BLS)
ambulances in Fire Stations #1 and #3. Since all of the Department’s fire apparatus are cross-staffed by
personnel that are trained in both firefighting and EMS, Stations #1 and #3 are now both capable of
providing a 4-person Engine Company response in the event of a fire incident in their primary response
areas. This is the nationally recognized desired minimum staffing standard (NFPA 1710) for first-due fire
company response.

Prior to this restructuring, Engines 2 and 3 had responded to fire alarms with crews of two to three
personnel, which required them to wait for additional units to arrive prior to initiating an interior fire
attack. Furthermore, those stations had remained unstaffed during the duration of a single EMS call
(including response time; treatment and packaging time; and up to an hour to transport the patient to
the hospital, transfer care to hospital staff, and return back to the station). Now, when either the ALS or
BLS ambulance out of Stations #1 and #3 transport a patient to the hospital, the remaining unit returns
to the station to staff the engine for fire calls, or to handle a secondary EMS call in that stations
response area.

The new response plan received its first real-world test when the call came in for a fully-involved
apartment fire in a 12-unit building during the early morning hours of July 30th. Truck 2 responded from
Fire Station #3, fully staffed with a crew of four. This allowed them to make an immediate and
aggressive interior attack which confined the fire to the apartment of origin, and left the majority of the
remaining units intact and habitable. Previously Truck 2 or Engine 3 would have had to wait for other
units to arrive prior to initiating an attack, allowing the fire to double in size every minute, making the
situation more dangerous for firefighters and less survivable for occupants.

Target Safety:

In June of 2011, FFD purchased access to Target Safety – an internet-based training and records
management platform. Target Safety allows the Department to set up its own secure training site page,
and gives department members access to hundreds of training modules that are prepared in
conjunction with, and approved by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the Insurance Services
Office (ISO), and OSHA. Prepared modules include both fire and EMS content, as well as courses
pertaining to officer development, driver/operator training, health and safety, and workplace conflict
management. The program will also allow the department to create its own training modules, using
video, PowerPoint, or virtually any content that can be accessed on-line, including training materials
that other fire departments within the system have already prepared and are willing to share. The
program will allow department members to complete the majority of routine trainings from their
assigned stations – keeping them available in their response areas, rather than assembling all personnel
at a single training site. Target Safety will also provide better management and improved accountability
for training records, and tracking of department personnel’s various licenses and certifications. As of late
2011, the department has not taken full advantage of all aspects of the program due to administrative
focus on other initiatives, however full implementation of Target Safety remains a primary objective for

Transitional Fire Attack:

FFD members are always searching for ways to perform the inherently dangerous task of fighting fires in
a safer and more effective manner. In spring of 2011, FFD took advantage of an abandoned two story
home on land acquired by the DNR, and began experimenting with the strategic concept of Transitional
Fire Attack. A Transitional Fire Attack is not appropriate in all fire situations, but training scenarios and
an actual house fire have proven that this technique can be used to extinguish certain fires more quickly,
and in a manner which is safer for firefighting crews, and enhances survivability for occupants.

Traditionally, firefighters and officers are taught to enter a structure from an access point on the
opposite side of the structure and advance toward the fire, using the hose stream to “push” the fire out
of a window and away from occupants. This traditional type of attack is labor intensive and time
consuming. Recent research and literature suggests that fire is not actually “pushed” by hose streams,
and that attacking a fire as directly, and as rapidly as possible offers the best chance of survival for
occupants. A Transitional Fire Attack merges a rapid direct attack with the more traditional interior fire
attack. During a Transitional Fire Attack, the crew is split and two hoselines are pulled (a 4-person
engine company is required). As the officer and firefighter are deploying their line to an entry point for
an interior attack, a second line is pulled and used to directly attack the fire for the brief period of time
that it takes for the interior crew to don their SCBA masks and make entry. This 20-30 second “knock-
down” phase takes heat and energy away from the fire, often completely extinguishing it. The third
firefighter then drops the exterior hoseline, and assists the interior crew in advancing their hoseline.

A successful Transitional Fire Attack requires a greater degree of teamwork and coordination, and would
not be as effective without the 4-person engine companies that the recent staffing redistribution
provided. Crews used this strategy successfully on a March XXX structure fire, and personnel will
continue to train on and perfect this concept through 2012.

Special Operations:

Over the past several years, most fire departments in and immediately surrounding Milwaukee County
have been transitioning away from providing technical rescue services (high and low angle rope rescue,
confined space rescue, trench rescue, and building collapse/stabilization), with the understanding that
Milwaukee Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) will always be available to provide
those services. While FFD command staff will not hesitate to request assistance from MFD for any large
scale technical rescue or prolonged dive-rescue incident, the best case-scenario for MFD to receive
dispatch information, assemble their teams, and deploy to the City of Franklin is between 35 and 45
minutes (Note: Those times are likely to be even longer since MFD has since divided HURT team
members - formerly stationed on the near south side - between north and south side battalions). In
most technical rescue situations, response times of this nature would dictate adopting a body recovery
strategy, rather than attempting the rescue of a live or viable victim. FFD management therefore
recognized the critical need for an in-house first-response rescue capability in dive/water rescue, and for
all aspects of technical rescue.

Franklin Technical Rescue Team:

Beginning in 2010, FFD management staff had been considering re-organizing the existing confined
space team into a more capable “all hazard” technical rescue team. The 2011 installation of the Ryan
Creek Interceptor accelerated that process, as the nature of the project presented the possibility for
response and rescue scenarios that few departments in the State are prepared to deal with. These
potential hazards include trench collapse, confined space
and/or tunnel entrapment, machinery entrapment, and                            FFD TRT members participate
removal of an ill or injured person from shafts of up to 42                    in Trench Rescue Training
feet deep. FFD management identified the need for
specialized equipment and training in order to perform
these types of rescues, and worked with the Wisconsin
DNR to secure over $50,000 in funds to cover initial
training costs and to purchase equipment including a
pneumatic shoring system used to rapidly stabilize a
collapsed trench.

 In September of 2011, FFD began the process of training
existing confined space team members in the disciplines of
rope rescue (high and low angle), and trench shoring and
rescue. The size of the new team was also increased by six
members, bringing the total membership to 16 (not
including command staff). New members will also receive
training in confined space rescue, which the existing
members were previously certified in.

                                              By September, all department members had received a
                                              minimum of eight hours of awareness-level training in
                                              trench rescue, machinery rescue, rope rescue, and
                                              confined space rescue. TRT members underwent an
                                              additional eight hours of specialized classroom training
                                              and equipment orientation. During the last week of
                                              October, all TRT members participated in 24-hours of
                                              operations-level training over a three-day period, working
                                              in an actual trench under realistic conditions. TRT
                                              members were able to stabilize and shore a collapsed
                                              trench, and then enter the trench to assess, extricate, and
                                              remove a victim using a variety of tactics.

                                                  During 2011, TRT members also learned the basics of rope
                                                  rescue, including rigging of the mechanical advantage and
                                                  lowering systems used in high-angle rope rescues. This
                                                  training will continue through 2012, as it will take
                                                  between 40 and 60 hours of training per person to achieve
technician-level certification in all of these disciplines.

Franklin Dive/Rescue Squad:

The department began sponsoring SCUBA training for volunteer Dive Squad members in 2010. A second
group of divers was certified in 2011, and FFD now has 15 members that are SCUBA certified and
capable of initiating an underwater search within minutes of receiving a 911 call. The department has
purchased four complete sets of gear, allowing back-up and safety divers to also suit up, and has
received communications equipment from the Police Department that will allow divers to have voice
communication with the operations officer on the surface, enabling a safer and far more effective
                                                                      search operation.
FFD Dive Squad members
                                                                       Through the summer and fall of
prepare for a training dive
                                                                       2011the Squad conducted
                                                                       frequent training dives in local
                                                                       bodies of water, including
                                                                       Koepmier Lake, the 68th Street
                                                                       Quarry, and the High School pond.
                                                                       A potential submersion incident is
                                                                       very labor intensive, involving not
                                                                       only multiple divers, but also rope
                                                                       tenders, EMS personnel,
                                                                       communications personnel, safety
                                                                       personnel, and incident command
staff. In late summer of 2011, training sessions focused on including on-shift personnel in these vital
support positions. This training will continue in summer of 2012, and the Squad members will be
transitioning to the full-face masks and communications system acquired from the Franklin Police


Since 2008, Franklin Fire Department has been a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS)
Division 107. The purpose of MABAS is to increase the speed and efficiency of mutual aid responses for
major incidents, and to improve interoperability of fire departments area wide. MABAS guidelines
designate common radio frequencies and common terminology, as well as minimum requirements for
fire company personnel and apparatus. Participating departments agree to send pre-determined
apparatus if requested by the stricken community. These assets are placed on a MABAS Box Alarm
“card” (see sample MABAS Card below), which designates which units respond at a given alarm level.
Typically, closer companies are designated to respond first, with resources from greater distances being
called in as the alarm level escalates. The level of alarm is determined by the Incident Commander,
based on the size and nature of the incidents. An alert is then sent to local dispatch centers over a
common frequency, eliminating the need for Divisional dispatchers to make phone calls to request each
asset individually. MABAS agreements not only cover large fire alarm responses, but also may include
technical rescue, mass casualty incidents, hazardous materials responses, and natural disasters. A larger
incident may require inter-divisional “strike teams” to assemble and respond to an emergency in a
MABAS division that may be several counties away (as was the case with the Patrick Cudahy fire of July,
2009). In 2011, FFD responded to numerous MABAS requests in neighboring communities, and on
several occasions, relied on our MABAS partners from surrounding departments to assist with incidents
in the City of Franklin. Below is a sample of an FFD MABAS Box alarm card for a structure fire.

                      Franklin Fire Department MABAS Box Alarm Card

Goals for 2012:

In 2010, Department members, along with representatives from all other Milwaukee County (MABAS
Div. 107) fire departments attended a “Train-the-Trainer” workshop in Indianapolis. The focus of this
week-long program was training all personnel on Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) operations. Rapid
Intervention Teams are the Fire Department’s “911” - responsible for finding and rescuing firefighters
that become lost, injured, or trapped within a burning, smoke-filled, and potentially collapsed structure.
RIT operations are physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing. The three department members who
attended the workshop began training others in 2010. FFD anticipates completing all of the training
modules (10-12 hours per individual) early in 2012 and participating in a Division-wide, multi-company,
multi-victim drill in the fall of 2012.

Due to the increasing number of multi-story residential occupancies, FFD officers have been researching
more efficient ways to deploy hoselines to occupancies on or above the third floor. After reviewing
available literature and operational guidelines from other departments, and performing in-house
testing, FFD officers have identified a method of preparing a high-rise hose pack that will allow crews to
deploy, charge, and advance a hoseline more quickly, and with fewer personnel - allowing the company
officer to assess conditions above and below the fire floor while his/her crew sets up to perform fire
attack. This hose pack is more simple to pack and deploy, and will require minimal training before being
placed in service in the summer of 2012.
Along with placing new hoseloads in service, FFD also plans to transition to smoothbore nozzles for all
pre-connected hose lays. Smoothbore nozzles allow for higher flow rates at lower pump pressures, and
offer greater reach and penetration – giving firefighters the ability to put out fires more quickly, and
from a greater distance. Smooth bore nozzles also minimize the conversion of the water from the attack
hose to steam, which causes burns to firefighters and any occupants still in the structure. FFD budgeted
for replacement nozzles in the 2012 capital budget, and plans to place them in service after a brief
orientation period, also in the summer of 2012.

Following the major operational changes implemented in 2011, FFD is at this time planning incremental
changes in 2012 that are intended to provide a more rapid fire response that is safer for firefighters and
that enhances safety and survivability for occupants. FFD will also continue its recent focus on special
operations, and the trend towards enhancing the department’s “all hazards” response capability.

Respectfully Submitted,

Adam J. Remington, Assistant Fire Chief

                                Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Providing emergency medical services (EMS) continues to be the “bread and butter” of almost all urban
and suburban fire departments. EMS responses make up approximately 80% of total run volume for
FFD, and bring in an estimated $1 million in revenue from treatment and transport fees annually.

FFD continues to operate a tiered response system, providing both advanced life support (ALS, or
paramedic), and basic life support (BLS) level care. This ensures that patients with the most life-
threatening conditions immediately receive the highly-trained personnel and lifesaving equipment that
is critical in providing the best possible outcome, while still providing timely, efficient, and professional
care and transport to the less-seriously ill and injured.

Impact of 5-4-2 Staffing on EMS

 In 2011, FFD made several changes intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which
EMS care is provided. The most significant of these changes involved re-distributing personnel by
reducing the number of paramedics assigned to each ALS ambulance from three to two, and using the
remaining two firefighter/paramedics to staff an additional Paramedic Unit. This change has allowed FFD

 Average EMS Response Times to house an ALS ambulance in each of the City’s three fire
                                            stations, ensuring that an ALS unit will always be available in
                    ALS      BLS      All
2010                  4:58     5:30 5:14 the city, and reducing response times. These “Med Units”
(All)                                       literally bring the emergency room to the patient’s door. FFD
2011                  5:03     5:19 5:15 paramedics are capable of starting intravenous lines for the
(01/01 - 07/31)                             administration of fluids and medications, performing and
2011                  4:34     5:05 4:57 interpreting 12-lead ECGs, performing tracheal intubation to
(08/01 - 12/31)                             establish and maintain a patent airway, and even performing
*Note: staffing changes took place 7/27/11
                                            intra-osseous infusion (establishing an intravenous route
through accessing the bone marrow canal on the patient’s shin). Currently, 29 of the department’s 44
employees are trained to the paramedic level, and FFD remains committed to the education and training
necessary in order to maintain this high level of patient care.

Transition to ALS/BLS Units

The second major change was also intended to promote efficiency and reduce response times. ALS units
now respond for, and transport patients for non life-threatening emergencies if that station’s BLS
ambulance is not available. Previously, a BLS ambulance would have been requested from another fire
station or from a neighboring community, prolonging response and on-scene times. Since this change
has been implemented, response times for all calls have decreased, as has reliance on mutual aid units
for transport. In many cases, patients have benefitted from the higher level of training and the more
detailed assessment that paramedics are able to perform. Also, since billing rates are determined by a

combination of dispatch and transport criteria, in most cases, patients are receiving a higher level of
care at no additional cost.

             Average EMS Response Time Analysis





               2010                  2011 (1/1 - 7/31)         2011 (8/1 - 12/31)

“Pit Crew” Strategy

With a reduction in the number of paramedics on each ALS ambulance, it is vitally important that each
responder has a clearly defined set of responsibilities and tasks to complete. For the most serious
medical emergencies, such as a patient in cardiac arrest, FFD EMS officers have adopted and began
training crews in the “Pit Crew” concept, where each crew member is assigned not only a specific role in
patient care, but also a geographic position around the patient that allows them to better perform their
duties, while minimizing interfering with other crew members and having to reposition around the
patient when performing different tasks. The Pit Crew strategy is one of multiple tools that have
allowed the department to retain a resuscitation success rate that is among the highest in the
Milwaukee County EMS System – a system known throughout the world for its aggressive and successful
treatment of patients in cardiac arrest.

                          FFD 2011 EMS Patient Transport Disposition

On-Duty Paramedic Refresher

In 2011, the Milwaukee County Board voted to reduce subsidiary payments to ALS providers within the
County system by 50% ($1.5 million). Subsidiary payments were used by host communities to offset the
costs of training paramedics, maintaining staffing of paramedics, and purchasing costly medical
equipment, such as 12-lead cardiac monitors and real-time telemetry equipment that allows a medical
control physician to see and monitor a patient’s cardiac rhythm and vital signs in real-time. This
reduction forced fire departments county-wide to seek greater efficiencies in training and initial
education for paramedics. FFD management worked on a steering committee with other fire
department and MCEMS leaders to restructure the way in which continuing education for County
paramedics is provided. This change, where paramedic refreshers are provided at multiple satellite
locations, allowing personnel to attend while on duty, is expected to save FFD approximately $22,000
per year in overtime costs.

Respectfully Submitted, Adam J. Remington, Assistant Fire Chief

                          Franklin Fire Department: Major Incidents 2011

January 23: 0803 Hrs
8661 W. Loomis Road
Fire units were dispatched for a report of smoke showing from a home that was called in by a WE
Energies employee on his way to work. A Working Still alarm was requested, bringing mutual aid
companies from Greendale, Greenfield, and Hales Corners. Upon arrival, smoke was heavy and showing
from all windows and was heaviest in the front porch area and back door leading from the kitchen. First
arriving crews were told that one occupant of the home may or may not be home as he could have been
picked up in the morning so whereabouts were unknown. Crews began attack and tried to make an
interior attack but were hampered with floor collapse and large extent of fire. Crews were also
hampered by lack of water, weather conditions, amount of contents in home and amount of time fire
was burning prior to notification. Crews worked well into the day and an additional MABAS Box alarm
was requested to get additional crews for assistance. After fire was put out, a body was recovered in the
massive amount of contents. Home was turned over to the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice
(State Fire Marshall) and Franklin Police Department for further investigation. Milwaukee County
Medical Examiner was also called to scene. Home and contents were a total loss.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $103,000. Contents: $65,000.

February 11: 1501 Hrs
3705 W. Glenwood
Fire units were dispatched to a report of smoke in a home. While en route a Working Still alarm was
requested, bringing mutual aid companies from Greendale Greenfield, and Oak Creek. Upon first engine
arrival, it was noted that the owner indicated that an alarm clock in a bedroom short circuited and
started the carpet and wood floor on fire. Owner put out fire prior to arrival. Mutual Aid companies
were cancelled. Crews performed positive pressure ventilation to remove remaining smoke from the
home. Fire was contained to bedroom area.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $3,000. Contents: $1,000.

March 4: 1513 Hrs
10586 W. Cortez Circle
Fire units were dispatched to a report of a fire in an unknown apartment as children went to Manager’s
office and indicated there was a fire. Upon arrival, smoke was present in a storage area where it was
determined that some youngsters were playing with matches and lit a planter on fire in the storage
area. A maintenance person on scene used an extinguisher and put fire out. Working Still alarm was
cancelled, however mutual aid ambulances from Greendale and Hales Corners responded as the
maintenance person and another resident were complaining of smoke inhalation. Crews used positive
pressure fan to ventilate area and a window was broken to assist with ventilation as the storage area

was in the basement. Franklin Police were on scene to further investigate and were made aware that
the youngsters could be referred to the Juvenile Firesetters program.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $1,000. Contents: Unknown

April 3: 1341 Hrs
8570 S. 116th Street
Fire units were dispatched to a report of a fully engulfed barn fire. A Working Still alarm was requested.
Upon arrival, fire units found a storage barn fully involved with fire. Mutual aid response included water
tenders from Tess Corners and Raymond as there are no hydrants in this area. Reports indicated that
the owner was frying a turkey and left it unattended. He heard popping sounds and found the barn
involved. The barn was a total loss as were contents that included construction equipment, tractors and
farm equipment.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $ 50,000. Contents: $38,000.

April 7: 2305 Hrs
7224 S. 49th Street
Fire units were dispatched for a report of smoke showing from a single family residence. Upon arrival,
fire units found heavy fire showing from a back bedroom and bathroom, with all occupants accounted
for. A Working Still alarm was requested, bringing mutual aid companies from Oak Creek, Greendale and
Greenfield. Initial FFD engines were all short- staffed with two personnel, due to a previous EMS call.
Crews used a transitional fire attack, extinguishing the majority of fire from an exterior window, while
an interior attack team was assembled from arriving units. The interior team was then able to enter a
safer environment and extinguish the remaining fire.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $ 100,000. Contents: $50,000.

May 6: 1021 Hrs
3421 W. Forest Hill Ave.
Fire units were dispatched to a report of a garage fire. Upon arrival, a two car unattached garage was
found to be involved. A Working Still alarm was issued. The fire started as the owners hired someone to
clear brush from their yard and he was burning the brush too close to the garage. He was found to have
burns to his arms and was transported by Greendale ambulance. Fire was contained to the garage.
Home was protected as an exposure.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $8,000. Contents: $1,000

May 7: 0857 Hrs
8222 S. 51st Street
Fire units were dispatched to a report of a large amount of smoke showing from Franklin High School.
Upon arrival, evacuation was in progress as a manual pull station was activated, as Saturday morning
swimming lessons were in progress. A Working Still alarm was requested. Upon arrival, it appeared that
several classrooms were on fire, but a maintenance person on scene indicated that a shed in the
courtyard was on fire. A lawn tractor had a battery charging and overheated. Crews entered the school
and made fire attack and provided ventilation. The storage shed and tractor were total losses. School
personnel arrived on scene to begin cleanup so school would not be interrupted the next week. Damage
to the High School included broken and burned out windows, and fire and smoke damage to the
affected classrooms.
Storage shed
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $2,000. Contents: $2,000.
High School
Estimated dollar losses: Property; $75,000. Contents: $30,000.

June 16: 1131 Hrs
10903 W. Ryan Road
Fire units were dispatched to a report of a kitchen fire. A Working Still alarm was requested. Upon
arrival, smoke was showing through front door and back windows where the kitchen was located. Rapid
knockdown was completed and crews remained on scene to provide ventilation. Fire was investigated
and origin was determined to come from the electrical panel that started curtains on fire. Fire was
contained to kitchen but smoke damage did occur throughout the home.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $35,000. Contents: $5000.

July 13: 1233 Hrs
8600 S. 35th Street
Fire units were dispatched to a report of a house fire. A Working Still alarm was requested. Upon
arrival, heavy smoke and fire were showing from the home with a significant amount of the roof already
burned through. Fire crews made an exterior attack at the rear of the structure to knock down the
volume of fire and then began an interior attack to perform search and rescue. No occupants were
found to be home. Fire was knocked down and crews remained on scene to continue with ventilation,
salvage and overhaul. Home had significant damage as the fire progressed prior to notification.
Homeowners arrived on scene and crews were able to save and retrieve some personal possessions.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $240,000. Contents: $100,000.

July 30: 0416 Hrs
6246 S. 35th Street
Fire units responded to a report of a kitchen fire. A MABAS working still was issued. Upon arrival, heavy
smoke was showing from the front of the 12 unit apartment complex, primarily affecting one unit.
Heavy fire was venting from the rear patio door and windows with fire spread to at least 8 other eaves
of units in this area. All residents were accounted for. An interior attack was started but stopped due to
ceiling collapse and amount of fire. A defensive attack on the rear side of building knocked down fire

and interior attack resumed in the affected apartment as well as an apartment next to this one that had
main fire spread. Alarm was upgraded to a MABAS Box Alarm due to the size of building and working
time on scene. Significant fire damage was limited to two apartments with smoke damage affecting at
least eight others. Extensive salvage and overhaul were performed in order to reduce further property
loss. Moderate fire damage occurred to the rear of the structure that affected other units. Resident on
scene indicated that she was cooking in the kitchen with a grease fryer that was left unattended. She
returned to find the kitchen on fire and alerted other residents. Investigation did show fire origin in this
area. Fire displaced at least 4-5 units. Red Cross was called to scene to assist displaced occupants.
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $325,000. Contents: $100,000+

November 6: 0619 Hrs
6361 S. 27th 47th Street
Resident called station one to indicate that she had a kitchen fire in her trailer that she had extinguished
herself. Upon arrival the kitchen was found to have a burned out garbage can and surge protector with a
burn pattern on the wall. Fire was electrical in nature as evidenced by the burn pattern and burned
cords. No further damage was found. Resident indicated that she was having electrical problems and
WE Energies has been out to investigate. Trailer was turned over to Electrical Inspector for review and
Estimated dollar losses: Property: $3,000. Contents: $1,000.

               Franklin Fire Department Mutual Aid and MABAS Fire Responses:

January 23: Village of Hales Corners: 1946 Hrs
6219 S. 123rd Street
Engine company requested for a house fire. Crew checked for fire extension and provided water supply.

February 2: Village of Greendale: 0549 Hrs
5816 Dendron Lane
Engine company and a Chief requested for a fire in a bathroom at a residence. En route, all units were

February 11: Town of Raymond: 1907 Hrs
355 S. 27th Street
Engine company requested for a house fire. Crews assigned to standby as Rapid Intervention Team

February 27: Village of Hales Corners: 0643 Hrs
10826 Godsell Avenue
Engine company and a Chief requested for an unattached garage fire. Crews performed ventilation and

March 12: Village of Sturtevant: 0615 Hrs
90th and Michigan
Ambulance requested to change of quarters for MABAS Box Alarm to the second level.

March 22: City of Oak Creek: 2143 Hrs
7550 S. 10th Street
Engine company and a Chief requested for an industrial building fire. Engine reported to staging and
Chief served as Safety Officer.

March 30: Town of Raymond: 1350 Hrs
4332 6 ½ Mile Road
Engine company requested for an unattached garage fire. Engine reported to staging.

May 9: Village of Sturtevant: 1543 Hrs
5820 County Hwy V
Water Tender requested for a house fire. Tender reported to staging.

May 19: Village of Hales Corners: 1642 Hrs
5081 S. 108th Street
Engine company and a Chief requested for a restaurant fire. Crew performed ventilation and checked
for fire extension.

June 25: Village of Greendale: 0335 Hrs
5508 Mansfield Drive
Engine company requested for a garage fire. Crew assisted in ventilation and overhaul.

July 16: City of Greenfield: 0613 Hrs
4239 W. Loomis Road
Engine company and a Chief requested for a house fire. Crew assigned as Rapid Intervention Team (RIT).

July 19: City of Greenfield: 0538 Hrs
4239 W. Loomis Road
Engine company requested and assisted with extinguishment of house fire. Fire was in a vacant home
that had a suspicious fire a few days earlier that FFD also responded to. Crew assisted with
extinguishment. Cause was determined to be arson.

July 20: City of Oak Creek: 1830 Hrs
8900 S. 27th Street
Engine company and a Chief requested for assistance for a basement fire at a house. Crew assigned as

July 21: City of Oak Creek: 0125 Hrs
10800 S. 13th Street
Engine company and a Chief requested for an industrial fire at PPG industries. Crew reported to staging.

August 24: City of Greenfield: 1528 Hrs
4720 S. Supreme
Engine and Chief requested for a large apartment fire. Crews initially assigned to RIT but later assigned
to fire extinguishment. Chief assisted OIC with command and operations.

August 30: Village of Greendale: 1239 Hrs
7551 Edgehill Road
Engine requested for a bedroom fire. Crew was assigned to overhaul the room of origin.
September 18: Town of Norway (Wind Lake): 0647 Hrs
7056 Breezy Point
Engine company and a Chief requested for a house fire. Fire was out upon arrival and crew assisted with
cleanup of scene.

October 8: City of South Milwaukee: 2108 Hrs
900 Monroe Ave
Engine company and a Chief requested for a house fire. Crew assisted in fire suppression and Chief was
assigned as staging officer.

December 2: Village of Greendale: 2012 Hrs
7780 W. Grange Ave.
Engine company and a Chief requested for an apartment fire. Crew assisted with ventilation of affected
apartment as well as second and third floors.

Respectfully submitted,

Greg Muth
Battalion Chief

                                         Technical Rescue Team

Team Background

         The Technical Rescue Team (TRT) was first formed in 1998 as the Confined Space Rescue Team
that included participation from the 4 Zone-D fire departments. The Confined Space Rescue Team was
formed due to the inherent dangers that are associated with confined space and technical rescues.
National statistics show that six of every ten deaths involved with technical rescues are would-be
rescuers. These would-be rescuers include both other workers on site and Fire Department personnel.

         In 2011 the team re-organized the existing confined space team into a more capable “all hazard”
technical rescue team. Members of the TRT plan and train jointly throughout the year preparing for the
special risks and challenges associated with technical rescues. There are no private entities that are able
to safely perform rescues in the multiple arenas that the TRT is trained and capable of working under.
This unique ability of the TRT makes it an economic and efficient way to provide rescue services without
an extensive delay from another agency. TRT members maintain their skills knowledge and abilities on a
day to day basis. Having select members of the department trained in specialized rescue lends their
expertise and problem solving skills to the day to day operations of the Department. These individuals
are leaders, and provide resources even on incidents that may not warrant a TRT response. The
experience and training that TRT members bring to the Department enhance even routine incidents.
This team and its highly and technically trained personnel extends the capabilities of fire-rescue and
medical response to confined space rescue, high angle/low angle rescue, trench/excavation rescue and
heavy equipment/machinery extrication. The team responds to mitigate both natural and man-made
disasters on a local and mutual aid/MABAS level.

Team Trainings

   March 3, 2011
    The training consisted of 3 hands-on skills stations and a lecture review of case studies. The team
    members will be divided in 3 groups to rotate through stations. The stations will consist of; the hard
    wired communications system, the teams supplied air breathing system and a review of
    ropes/knots/riggings. At all times a Safety Officer will be present. In addition to the safety Officer, a
    separate instructor will be present at each station. A safe training is the number one concern.

   May 26, 2011
    The training consisted of a confined space rescue scenario at the St. Martin’s Lift Station on Forest
    Home Avenue in Franklin. The team members were assigned roles to perform a vertical rescue
    using rigging, communications, metering and our supplied air system. They tended personnel as
    they entered/exited an approximately 50 ft. shaft with a patient. This scenario involved extensive
    use of raising, lowering and mechanical advantage systems. At all times a Safety Officer was present.

   October 21, 22 & 23, 2011
    NFPA 1670 Technical Rescue Awareness classroom training. Members completed the classroom
    portion of Awareness training in the four main facets of technical rescue confined space rescue, high
    angle/low angle rescue, trench/excavation rescue and heavy equipment/machinery extrication.

   October 27, 2011
    The training consisted of two confined space rescue scenarios at the new MATC South Campus
    training facility. The team members were in groups to perform a vertical rescue using rigging,
    communications, metering, and tending of personnel as they entered/exited with a patient. A
    second rescue took place to perform a horizontal rescue. It was a simulated cave-in with the
    possibility of a viable rescue versus body recovery. At all times a Safety Officer was present. In
    addition to the safety officer there was a coordinator at each entrance for the safety of all

   October 31, 2011
    NFPA 1670 Technical Rescue Operations classroom training. Members completed the classroom
    portion of Operations training in the four main facets of technical rescue confined space rescue,
    high angle/low angle rescue, trench/excavation rescue and heavy equipment/machinery extrication.

   November 1& 2, 2011
    NFPA 1670 Trench Rescue Operations hands on training. Members demonstrated, by the use of an
    open trench dug for training, the following: competency in recognizing the hazards of using
    equipment and operating at trench and excavation emergencies that include the collapse or failure
    of individual, nonintersecting trenches with an initial depth of 8 ft or less.

   December 8, 2011
    The training consisted of a lecture and student involvement at the hands-on skill stations. The intent
    of this training was to bring the team’s rope rescue skills up to the NFPA 1670 level of Operations.
    After the classroom portion the team members were divided in 3 groups to rotate through stations.
    The stations consisted of knots, 3 to 1 systems, and anchors/belays. At all times a Safety Officer was
    present. In addition to the safety Officer, a separate instructor was present at each station. A safe
    training was the number one concern.

2011 Team Accomplishments

       The size of the team was increased from eight to sixteen members to help facilitate the
        extensive manpower needs for technical rescue responses.
       The team re-organized the existing confined space team into a more capable “all hazard”
        Technical Rescue Team (TRT).
      In an effort to take on the additional responsibilities and enhance the capabilities of the
       Technical Rescue Team we began joint trainings with Oak Creek Fire Department in MABAS 107.

Short Term and Immediate Goals

      To provide a reliable, dedicated and properly equipped Technical Rescue Team for the City of
       Franklin, Zone-D and surrounding communities.
      In an effort to take on the additional responsibilities the Technical Rescue Team endeavors to
       continue joint trainings with other communities in MABAS 107.
      Continue and complete training for all new and existing members to a minimum of NFPA
       Operations level in the Team’s four core facets of technical rescue.
      Maintain a state of readiness through training and pre-planning for the Ryan Creek Interceptor
       sewer project and other target hazards.
      With the upcoming expansion of Metro Landfill we view the area as a target hazard for confined
       spaces. With this in mind plans are being made to identify and train in the confined spaces at
       their facility.

Long Term Goals

      Franklin’s goal is to have all members certified to technician level in at least four different facets
       of technical rescue within three years.
      Maintain funding for continued education courses and trainings for team members.
      Conduct a community risk assessment for other potential rescue incidents that may require the
       specialized skills and equipment of other facets of technical rescue.
      Consider expanding the types of incidents the Team will respond to.

Respectfully Submitted,

Lt. Joseph P. Strelka, Technical Rescue Team Operations Director

                             BUILDING AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE:

Franklin Fire Department operates three stations that provide Fire and EMS services to the citizens and
visitors of the city. As with any building, maintenance is completed to extend the life of the exterior and
interior. For the past several years, our members handle to bulk of this maintenance but a lot of work
does need to get contracted out. We have several contractors that we use and we do get bids for major
projects. Areas that are contracted out include HVAC, some overhead door work, electrical, and
plumbing are a few examples.

                                      FRANKLIN FIRE STATION ONE

This station houses the most employees and equipment. Daily staffing includes five (5) duty personnel
on a 24 hour shift schedule. Monday through Friday there are four (4) full time employees (Chief,
Assistant Chief, Fire Marshall and Fire Secretary) that work a 40 hour work week. A part time inspector
working 20 hours per week also is housed here. Equipment includes an Engine that also has extrication
equipment, Med 11 (ALS unit), a BLS unit, Battalion 2 (GMC pickup truck), Water tender, Fire Marshall
pickup truck, and several staff cars that are kept outside when not in use. Station one is in need of an
addition and extensive remodel. The original station was built in 1980 and is original outside of updating
in 1989 when department went full time. 2011 saw major capital update of shore electrical lines, and
addressed the parking lot issue that we had to include ADA issues. Spring of 2012 includes brand new
front garage doors and openers. The following will include what needs replacement/repair and best
estimates of cost per item.

A rough estimate of $1.7 million would cover architect, expansion and remodel. An addition to the west
could house additional office space for the administration staff as well as secured document storage
that we desperately need. HIPPA laws provide rules for secured document storage. ADA compliance
would be addressed.

Station one updates that are needed include HVAC ($8000), Dorm bathrooms for unisex use and fixing
of possible mold concerns ($25,000), painting and texture of walls in kitchen and day room ($6000),
Security for main entrance ($10,000), apparatus bay painting, replacing gear lockers, and resurfacing
flooring ($40,000). Other repairs needed include new roof and garage door on storage garage ($4500),
and new roof on hose tower ($3000). If a remodel and expansion is not completed, these areas will

need to be addressed with additional capital funds that can be broken down in the years to come. As
always, costs are cheaper now and will rise the longer we wait and could become significant.

                                     FRANKLIN FIRE STATION TWO

This station houses two (2) duty personnel on a 24 hour schedule. The station was built in 2002.
Equipment includes an ALS unit, an Engine, the brush fire rig, Survive-Alive house, and the Technical
Rescue Team trailer. At this time, this station requires only routine maintenance.

                                    FRANKLIN FIRE STATION THREE

This station houses four (4) duty personnel on a 24 hour schedule. The station was built in 2009.
Equipment includes an ALS unit, a BLS unit, an Engine, a Truck and Car 3 which is a Suburban. At this
time, this station only requires routine maintenance.

Respectfully Submitted,

Greg Muth
Battalion Chief

       Franklin Fire Department Bureau of Maintenance

The Fire department’s bureau of maintenance is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all
department vehicles. The department currently has 19 vehicles to maintain. These range from a 1934
Pirsch engine, which is strictly a vintage showpiece to our newest piece, which is a 2009 Ford E-450 Med
Tec Ambulance. The maintenance, appearance and upkeep of the department’s vehicles are tasks that
require constant vigilance. Without reliable equipment we cannot be a reliable department.

All of the fire departments pumpers are currently in good shape; however there are large repairs
needed to keep them in serviceable condition.

   Car 220 has reached the end of its serviceable life and needs to be replaced. The vehicle that
replaces car 220 will then become the command vehicle for the officer in charge of the daily shift and
the current command vehicle will become the east side PFR / officer vehicle.

  The fire department took delivery of no new vehicles in 2011. Due to a restructuring of personnel
assigned to stations we were able to put an additional ambulance as being deployed in a front line
status. Prior to this change sta-3 had 1 ALS/BLS ambulance staffed. We now have sta-3 able to staff
both the ALS/BLS ambulance as well as an additional BLS unit. With this addition we no longer have a
back-up ambulance for call back personnel or to replace units when in for maintenance. The next
scheduled purchase of a new ambulance is in 2012. When this ambulance is delivered the current
ambulance 1 will be moved to a backup role. With the changing of staffing and the moving of
ambulances there was also a renumbering of ambulances for maintenance and budget purposes. All
ambulances are designated as 221 followed by the year of the vehicle.

  Of the four vehicles that are past or at their anticipated replacement date, two of them are still
performing well and are not in need of replacement. 207 which is the grass fire unit and 227 which is a
staff car are both serviceable. 22101 (amb-1) while still being used as a front line unit is not in good
shape and will be moved to a backup role as soon as the new ambulance arrives. As mentioned above
car 220 is in poor shape and is need of replacement in 2013.

         The Fire Department is on a rotation of replacing ambulances before they become unreliable.
With the increasing call volume for ambulance service it is more important now than ever to have
dependable front line ambulances as well as a reliable backup for those times when we have multiple
runs happening at the same time or when an ambulance is out of service for maintenance. In the
current rotation a new ambulance should be purchased every two years. This leaves an ambulance as a
front line unit for ten years and as a backup unit for two years, for a total of a 12-year life span. This
rotation will need to be addressed in the near future to purchase ambulances quicker than every 2
years. With the added call volume as well as additional duties there are more miles being put on
ambulances. We currently have two ambulances with over 100,000 miles. It should be noted that trade
magazines have stated that the number of miles on emergency vehicles can be tripled to determine the
true wear on an ambulances due to the amount of idling required and hard driving they endure.

        The Department of Public Works mechanics continued to be utilized to a great extent every
year. Primarily for routine maintenance such as oil changes, scheduled repairs and repairs that are
beyond the limitations of the fire department Lieutenant of Equipment. The ability of Lt. Bastien and the
DPW mechanics to perform this work has saved the Fire Department an extraordinary amount of time,
money, vehicle down time and future problems.

        The new equipment that is being purchased is becoming more complex and sophisticated every
year. With the added capabilities of this equipment comes more technical maintenance. Lieutenant of
Equipment Richard Bastien is also a firefighter and EMT; he does the vast majority of the maintenance in
house. This maintenance is becoming more specialized and done primarily while on shift, when
responding to emergency calls and receiving the required trainings is the priority. The need for a
dedicated mechanic should be addressed in the near future.

        The combined budget lines for vehicle maintenance ended the year being $781 over budget.

        Below is an evaluation of our current equipment, estimated date of replacement

                                      and 2010 maintenance costs.

 ID#      Years of   Year and type of         Model and Mfg.         Condition     Anticipated      2011
          service        vehicle                                                  replacement    Maintenance

200          7          2005 Car             Chevy Trail Blazer      Very Good       2014               $442.11

201       Not in      1934 - Pumper             Ford / Pirsch        Show piece      None                 $0.00
          service                                                       only

203          5        2007 - Pumper            KME Predator          Very Good       2027              $2038.88

204         10        2002 - Pumper            KME Panther           Very Good       2022              $3356.35

206         13       1999 – Pumper          Pierce / Freightliner      Good          2019              $4180.73

207         14        1996 – Brush                  Ford               Good          2011               $391.09

208         11        2000 - Ladder                 KME                Good          2025              $1983.37

220         13         1999 - PFR             Chevy Suburban         Very Poor       2009                $71.88

221          8       2004 – command             GMC Sierra             Good          2019              $1162.81

222          4          2008 - Car              Chevy Tahoe            Good          2013               $534.09

225          8       2004- Inspector          Chevy Silverado        Very Good       2017              $1224.43

226          5         2007 – Car           Ford Crown Victoria        Good          2013                $13.69

227         14          1998 car            Ford Crown Victoria         Fair         2011               $633.31

22101       11       2001 -Ambulance        Ford / McCoy Miller         Poor         2012              $3235.35

22103        8       2003- Ambulance        Ford / McCoy Miller         Fair         2014              $8107.63

22106        6       2006 -Ambulance        Ford / McCoy Miller        Good          2016              $2189.14

22108        3       2008 -Ambulance        Ford / McCoy Miller         New          2018               $793.46

22109        2       2009 -Ambulance          Ford / Med Tec          Excellent      2020               $469.90

295          8         2005 Tender         Peterbuilt /U.S. Tanker    Excellent      2029               $137.06

                                         Fire Inspection Bureau

The Franklin Fire Inspection Bureau’s goal is to prevent all loss of life and property loss from the
devastation of fire. One way of achieving this is by doing inspections. Simi Annual Inspections of all
properties in Franklin are a means to identify and eliminate or reduce hazards that could result in the
loss of life or property. Inspections also ensure that fire protection systems, such as sprinkler systems,
fire alarm systems, and kitchen hood extinguishing systems are maintained, and in perfect working
condition. With all of these systems in place and properly maintained, losses will be minimized because
of early detection and suppression. Code enforcement is a proactive and cost effective approach to
Franklin’s fire protection.

The Fire Inspection Bureau is staffed by one full time, and one part time person. Some of the duties that
the personnel are responsible for are fire inspections of all existing buildings, and new construction. Fire
investigation is done when a fire occurs, to determine the cause of the fire. Building plan reviews are
conducted for all new construction. Plan reviews are also done on all sprinkler systems, and fire alarm
systems. Maintenance, inspection and testing are required annually for these systems. Doing routine
inspections allows the inspection bureau to make sure that all sprinkler, fire alarm, and kitchen hood
systems are maintained, and properly tested per code. The Inspection Bureau will continue to strive for
perfection, and keep life safety our number one goal.

Respectfully Submitted

Gordon Jepsen, Fire Marshal


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