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Planning Goals • To reduce the number of fires and other emergency incidents using public education, fire protection systems and other “pre event” mitigations; • To minimize the loss of life in fires, medical emergencies and accidents with quick response of well trained personnel and appropriate equipment; • To reduce the number and severity of injuries in fires and other emergency incidents with quick response of well trained personnel and appropriate equipment; • To reduce the commercial, economic and social impacts of fires and other emergency incidents; • To safeguard the environment; • To provide the best service possible using prudent fiscal practices. Overview • Defines levels of Service • Standard methodology • Recognizes diversity and not “one size fits all” • Systems approach • Comprehensive view • “All Risk” based Plan Approach • Articulates level of response to emergency incidents of all types • Provides a nexus between response plan and public policy funding levels • Applies current industry standards • Considers firefighter as well as public safety • Data driven • Incorporates automatic aid Risk Analysis • Target hazards factored in • Community demographics • City of Scotts Valley reports “build out” in 7 to 10 years Performance Objectives • Basis for planning: • Structural fires • Medical emergencies: non breathing • Wildland fires • Traffic collisions • Hazardous materials releases Flashover Response Time • Early reports of emergencies • Call processing time • Dispatch time • Traffic patterns/traffic control devices • Location where response is initiated • Road system • Topography • Apparatus agility • Address visibility Automatic Fire Sprinklers Response Travel Mitigations • Signal emitters • Limit traffic restrictors • Adequate access required for subdivisions • Specialty apparatus • B/C response in designated rural areas • Address identification Light Vehicle Time Analysis • Light vehicle response effective on narrow/mountainous roads • Limited versatility Medical Emergencies • Most serious: Non breathing, 4 to 6 min. • Public CPR training • Emergency medical dispatch • 1st response paramedics within 4 to 6 min. • Transport within 20 min. • Trauma patients transported to a trauma center within the “Golden Hour” Erba and Glenwood La Madrona and Glenwood Response Time Standard • 5 minutes to 90% of the incidents in the urban area • 12 minutes to 90% of the incidents in the rural area Critical Tasks • Structural Fires (hydrant and non hydrant) • Wildland fires • Medical emergencies • Traffic Collisions • Hazardous materials releases Staffing • Automatic and mutual aid • Off duty recall • Paid call firefighters • Training Concentration • For 2006, Erba Station handled 93.3% of calls in initial response area • For 2006, Glenwood Station handled 92.4% of calls in initial response area Recommendations • Reaffirm current response time goals as follows: • Urban zone: Response time of 5 minutes or less for the first arriving company 90% of the time with the full first alarm response on scene within 15 minutes. • Rural zone: Response time of 12 minutes or less for the first arriving company 90% of the time with the full first alarm response on scene within 30 minutes. • Given fiscal constraints, operate two fire stations to best cover the District. • Match quantity of first alarm response resources to the analysis of critical tasks using automatic aid agreements and based on dispatched incident type. Recommendations (Cont.) • Continue the requirement for automatic fire sprinklers in all new construction of buildings as an immediate mitigation of structural fires. • Provide advanced life support paramedic service based on the majority of incidents that require medical treatment. • Continue operation of engines as primary response to all types of emergencies to best allow for backup and response redundant incidents, thus maintaining reliability of response. Recommendations (Cont.) • Utilize agreements for specialized resources for ladder truck operations, aircraft, heavy equipment and fire crews as needed. • As funding permits, add one firefighter position to each shift’s minimum staffing level to increase effectiveness and to assure water tender response to rural areas. • As funding permits, relocate the Erba Lane Headquarters to the District owned property on La Madrona Drive for best strategic location.
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