"Fire Prevention Company Presentations - DOC"
Staunton Fire Protection District 2006 Annual Report Organization Overview The Staunton Fire Protection District (SFPD) in Staunton, Illinois, is an all-volunteer fire department located 40 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri. The district covers 32 square miles of territory with an estimated population of 7,500. The largest portion of the population (5,500) resides in the city of Staunton, and the remainder lives in the rural farm area surrounding the city. The fire district is mainly a bedroom community with a large portion of its residents traveling to other larger surrounding cities for employment. The city boasts a medium size business district, a hospital, a long- term care facility, three schools, ten churches, and some small industry. The district also has a major interstate highway, a state highway, two railways, a private airport, and several pipelines contained in the response area. The district covers portions of three different counties and seven different townships The SFPD currently maintains a maximum roster of 50 active firefighters (but normally carries a roster of 40-45 active personnel) and approximately 30 inactive and honorary firefighters. The department is structured into 4 companies with 1 captain, 1 lieutenant and 10-11 firefighters per company. A fire chief and two assistant chiefs oversee the overall department operations. A fire department chaplain and a junior firefighter program of 4-8 personnel round out the department roster. Department members average 10 years of service. The department currently operates seven apparatus, an ATV, and a trailer. Engine 1 is a 1986 Pierce class A pumper with a 750 gallon water tank and a 1,000 gpm pump. Engine 2 is a 1977 FMC class A pumper with a 750 gallon water tank and a 1,000 gpm pump. Engine 3 is 2000 Pierce class A pumper/tanker with a 1,500 water tank and a 1,500 gpm pump. Tanker 1 is 1989 Marion tanker with a 2,200 gallon water tank. Squad 1 is a 1994 Road Rescue heavy rescue truck. Brush Truck 1 is a 1994 Ford 4 wheel drive vehicle with a skid unit that contains a 200 gallon water tank and 500 gpm pump. ATV 1 is 2006 Polaris 6 x 6 all terrain vehicle. The department also maintains a 1946 antique parade truck. The SFPD also operates a special operations trailer that carries the department hazardous materials equipment and a large foam supply. The department maintains state of the art equipment including two hydraulic rescue tool systems, air bags, five portable pumps, positive pressure fans, large diameter hose, and a complete compliment of firefighting and rescue tools. SFPD firefighters are protected by NFPA compliant bunker gear and state of the art self-contained breathing apparatus. The department maintains a full compliment of personal pagers, portable radios, and mobile vehicle radios. The current SFPD station was dedicated was built in 2002. The station has a total footprint of 11,955 square feet with 6,900 square feet of truck bays and 8,550 square feet of finished office area. The bay area of the station provides sufficient parking for 9 apparatus. The apparatus bay area also includes an SCBA/compressor shop, a maintenance shop, a laundry room, a restroom, and a generator room. The second story above the shop area is a dedicated storage area. The finished office area of the station encompasses two stories. The first floor consists of a radio/dispatch area, the district board room, two offices, a large training/meeting room, a kitchen, a storage/housekeeping room and two restrooms. The second floor includes a large recreation room, future bunk rooms (which are currently being used for storage and meeting rooms), female and male shower rooms, an office, a dayroom area and two mechanical rooms. The SFPD has averaged 115 calls per year over the last 10 years. The bulk of the incidents are minor in nature and include vehicle fires, utility emergencies, and smoke investigations. The department responds to an average of five working structure fires and 25 rescue calls per year. The department provides rescue services, but a third party, municipal ambulance service is contracted for advanced life support care services. The SFPD provides a wide variety of support services to the district residents. This includes an extensive public education program, a pre-planning program, an extensive firefighter training program, an equipment maintenance program, a customer service program, a rural water supply program and disaster response services. The department has a developed a well-defined automatic mutual aid program with 12 other area departments. The department is also a member of the 3M Firefighters Association (a 36 department mutual aid organization), the Madison County Hazardous Materials Team program (a specially trained group of haz mat responders available to all departments in Madison County), and the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (a statewide mutual aid program). The SFPD receives the largest portion of its operating funds from the Staunton Fire Protection District that is a taxing district which was established in 1978. Each household within the fire protection district is taxed a basic rate. The current fire district budget is approximately $225,000 per year. All funds collected are administered through a district board. The three-person board manages the financial and legal dealings of the fire protection district. The funds accumulated through taxes are used to buy new equipment, pay for maintenance of current equipment, and pay per capita rates for the contract ambulance service. Additional funds for the department are generated through fund raising efforts of the volunteers. The volunteers take part in a number of fund raising projects throughout the year which include the annual 4th of July celebration, a golf tournament, and a barbecue. All funds collected are used for department activities or to purchase new equipment. The Staunton Fire Protection District currently maintains a class 5 ISO rating. The department maintains one of the largest volunteer contingents in the area. The department has won the prestigious Life Safety Achievement Award for excellence in public education for the past 9 years. Current Fire Chief Rick Haase was named the Illinois Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year during 2001 and the Fire Chief Magazine Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year during 2004. The SFPD has long been a cornerstone of community service. Besides providing fire and rescue related services, they have been a strong supporter of the community. They have sponsored little league baseball teams, soccer teams, and have numerous donations to other civic organizations. The Staunton Fire Department/Staunton Fire Protection District has a long history in the Staunton area. The department has been providing quality emergency services to the public since 1923. Personnel The Staunton Fire Protection District personnel have always been the most important organization asset. The SFPD volunteers receive absolutely no type of financial reward for their countless hours of service to the community. The volunteers do so much more than just respond to incidents. They spend many hours each year training to hone their fire and rescue skills. They conduct over 60% of the required apparatus and equipment maintenance. They spend countless hours conducting public education, pre-planning, and customer/community service activities. Each year the Staunton Fire Protection District volunteers accumulate between 8,000 – 11,000 hours of overall service to the community. During the 2006 calendar year, the SFPD saw several changes within the personnel structure. The following personnel joined the department during the calendar year: Probationary Firefighter Joe Foster Probationary Firefighter Chris Werle Probationary Firefighter Bill Worley Junior Firefighter Andrew Hamilton The following firefighters resigned from the department during the calendar year: Lieutenant Jim Baglin Probationary Firefighter Mike Mansholt Junior Firefighter Seth Geninatti Junior Firefighter Josh Schneck During 2006 Honorary Firefighter Elmer “Red” Schnaare passed away. He was a member of the department for over 61 years. During 2006, the following personnel received promotions within the department: Firefighter Allan Williams was promoted to Lieutenant. Junior Firefighter Daniel Mayfield was promoted to Firefighter Firefighter Randy Williams elected to move to inactive status after 20 years of service. The SFPD volunteer organization elected to the following personnel to leadership positions: Ray Trost – President Dave Volentine – Vice President Mary Bryan – Secretary Larry Ziegler – Treasurer Rick Haase – Fire Chief The following personnel were recognized with service anniversary awards during the 2006: Ron Williams – 25 Years Bill Adler – 20 years Mark Bryan – 20 years Randy Williams – 20 years Ray Scroggins – 15 years Jeff Williams – 10 years Chad Hartsook – 5 years Bill Miller – 5 Years The following active firefighters were recognized for service anniversaries over 20 years of service: Bill Adler – 20 Years of Service Mark Bryan – 20 Years of Service Randy Williams – 20 Years of Service Dennis Crouch – 21 Years of Service Kevin Kuethe – 22 Years of Service Dick Brown – 23 Years of Service Rick Haase – 23 Years of Service Ed Wineburner – 24 Years of service Ron Williams – 25 Years of service Glenn Kellebrew – 32 Years of Service Ron Dustman – 32 Years of Service The SFPD Chiefs initiated a new annual award to recognize an outstanding SFPD member. The winner of the 2006 Chief’s Award was Lieutenant Danny Mosser. The following inactive/honorary firefighters were recognized for membership anniversaries over 50 years: Martin Przymuzala – 57 Years of Service Jim Sullivan – 56 Years of Service John Vesper – 56 Years of Service Ray Frioli – 53 Years of Service Lowell Lovejoy – 53 Years of Service The following personnel were recognized for their special service to the fire district and volunteer organization: Don Kasubke and Dennis Yarnik – SFPD Ambulance Board Representatives Keith Meyers – 2006 Fourth of July Celebration Chairman Corey Painter – 2006 Fourth of July Parade Chairman David Jones – 2006 Golf Tournament Chairman Jim Bertagnolli – Illinois Fire Safety Alliance BBQ Chairman Danny Mosser – 2006 Recognition Dance Chairman The SFPD volunteer membership has accumulated the following statistics throughout their careers: Category Total Number Total Average In Department Years of Service Years of Service Honorary Firefighters 5 251 50 Inactive Firefighters 16 583 36 Active Firefighters 41 454 11 Junior Firefighters 4 6 1 Total Firefighters 66 1294 20 Staunton Fire Protection District Department Roster 12/31/06 Chief Rick Haase Assistant Chief Glenn Kellebrew Assistant Chief Kuethe Chaplain Nathan Meador Company I Company II Captain Brian Dustman Captain Dennis Crouch Lieutenant Allan Williams Lieutenant Mark Bryan Firefighter Ron Dustman Firefighter Dave Volentine Firefighter Ed Wineburner Firefighter Keith Meyers Firefighter David Jones Firefighter Bill Adler Firefighter Jeff Williams Firefighter Ryan Ray Firefighter Chad Hartsook Firefighter Mike Masinelli Firefighter Bill Miller Firefighter Jim Bertagnolli Firefighter Chris Werle Firefighter Jon Eaves Firefighter Bill Worley Company III Company IV Captain Ray Scroggins Captain Dick Brown Lieutenant Danny Mosser Lieutenant Russell Alexander Firefighter Ron Williams Firefighter Ray Trost Firefighter Jim Aljets Firefighter Larry Ziegler Firefighter Jason Williams Firefighter Corey Painter Firefighter Derek Lincoln Firefighter B.J. Hearty Firefighter Dennis Foster Firefighter Ken Newcomb Firefighter Daniel Mayfield Firefighter Don Houston Firefighter Joe Foster Firefighter Ted Berg Inactive Firefighters Honorary Firefighters Martin Przymuzala Jim Sullivan John Vesper Lowell Lovejoy Pete Passetti Ray Frioli Frank Rizzie Fred Monschein Jim Huhsman Bill Knop Jim Williamson Russ Masinelli Norm Ruffini Lloyd Garde Junior Firefighters Larry Bellovich Don Kasubke Jr. Firefighter Brendan Clark Rick Allen Jr. Firefighter Andrew Hamilton Butch Fey Jr. Firefighter Spencer Williams Ken Hibbler Jr. Firefighter Jordan Williams Randy Williams Jeff Clark District Representatives Department Officers President Bill Knop President Ray Trost Secretary Bart Yakos Vice President Dave Volentine Treasurer Ron Dustman Secretary Mark Bryan Treasurer Larry Ziegler Staunton Fire Protection District Department Seniority Roster 12/31/06 Name Original Service Years of Service Status Date Martin Przymuzala 03/02/49 57 Inactive Jim Sullivan 04/05/50 56 Honorary John Vesper 04/05/50 56 Inactive Ray Frioli 05/06/53 53 Honorary Lowell Lovejoy 05/06/53 53 Honorary Fred Monschien 10/02/57 49 Honorary Pete Passetti 08/05/59 47 Inactive Frank Rizzie 01/03/62 44 Inactive Jim Huhsman 11/06/63 43 Inactive Norm Ruffini 10/06/65 40 Inactive Bill Knop 06/01/66 40 Honorary Lloyd Garde 09/03/69 37 Inactive Russ Masinelli 06/03/70 36 Inactive Larry Bellovich 01/06/71 35 Inactive Don Kasubke 06/02/71 35 Inactive Jim Williamson 05/03/72 34 Inactive Ron Dustman 02/06/74 32 Active Glenn Kellebrew 11/05/74 32 Active Rick Allen 02/75 - 02/76 29 Inactive 03/01/78 Name Original Service Years of Service Status Date Ken Hibbler 06/07/78 28 Inactive Butch Fey 04/01/81 25 Inactive Ron Williams 02/78 - 09/81 25 Active 07/05/84 Ed Wineburner 04/07/82 24 Active Dick Brown 03/02/83 23 Active Rick Haase 11/02/83 23 Active Kevin Kuethe 07/05/84 22 Active Dennis Crouch 04/03/85 21 Active Mark Bryan 08/06/86 20 Active Randy Williams 11/05/86 20 Inactive Bill Adler 11/82 – 07/95 20 Active 06/07/00 Jeff Clark 11/04/89 17 Inactive David Jones 01/04/89 16 Active Ray Scroggins 09/04/91 15 Active Ray Trost 02/05/92 14 Active Brian Dustman 05/06/92 14 Active 4 Yrs. - Jr. Firefighter Allan Williams 05/06/92 – 12/01/98 14 Active 03/03/99 2 Yrs. - Jr. Firefighter Larry Ziegler 05/06/92 14 Active Russell Alexander 02/02/94 12 Active Corey Painter 12/07/94 12 Active Name Original Service Years of Service Status Date Jeff Williams 11/06/96 10 Active 5 Yrs. - Jr. Firefighter Danny Mosser 07/02/97 9 Active 2 Yrs. - Jr. Firefighter Dave Volentine 12/08/97 9 Active Mike Masinelli 12/07/94 – 06/04/99 9 Active 09/04/02 Jason Williams 00/00/93 – 00/00/98 8 Active 09/03/03 Keith Meyers 02/03/99 7 Active 1 Yr. - Jr. Firefighter Jim Aljets 02/02/00 6 Active B.J. Hearty 03/01/00 6 Active Ken Newcomb 06/07/00 6 Active Chad Hartsook 03/07/01 5 Active Bill Miller 11/07/01 5 Active Ryan Ray 09/04/02 4 Active Jim Bertagnolli 12/03/02 4 Active Don Houston 01/08/03 3 Active Jon Eaves 03/03/04 2 Active 3 Yr. – Jr. Firefighter Ted Berg 09/01/04 2 Active Rev. Nathan Meador 12/01/04 2 Active Dennis Foster 01/05/05 1 Active Derek Lincoln 04/06/05 1 Active Name Original Service Years of Service Status Date Daniel Mayfield 06/04/02 1 Active 2 Yr. – Jr. Firefighter Bill Worley 03/01/06 New Member Active Joe Foster 10/04/06 New Member Active Chris Werle 10/04/06 New Member Active Spencer Williams 03/03/04 2 Junior Firefighter Brendan Clark 04/07/04 2 Junior Firefighter Jordan Williams 06/02/04 2 Junior Firefighter Andrew Hamilton 09/06/06 New Member Junior Firefighter Incident Responses During the 2006 calendar year, the Staunton Fire Protection District responded to a total of 189 calls for emergency assistance. This is a 95% increase in the number of calls seen during this same time period from the previous year. During 2006, an average of 8 firefighters and 1 apparatus responded to incidents. The average response time (time the call was received until SFPD apparatus was on scene) was 4 minutes. The average total call time (time the call was received until the time units were again ready to respond) was 44 minutes. The lower number of firefighter and apparatus responding were a direct result of the large number of multiple response with minimal staffing during the two large scale weather responses during the year. There were no SFPD injuries during any of the 2006 incident response. There were only two significant structure fires during the 2006 calendar year. The incidents included residential structure fire on Wolf Creek Court and Reservoir Road. Both fires were contained with fire damage in the room or origin. The fire loss during 2006 was at the lowest level in over 10 years. The overall number of structure fires was the same as 2005 and it was the lowest number of structure fires in the last 10 years. The most significant incident response of 2006 was the ice storm response of November 30. The SFPD responded to 59 different incidents in a eight hour time period. SFPD personnel then staffed the fire station around the clock for the next 60 hours to provide a warm shelter location as well as responding to incidents and assisting with debris removal. The SFPD also responded to 19 calls for assistance is a two hour period after a wind storm on June 22. SFPD personnel responded to 24 motor vehicle accidents during the year. This was a 14% increase over 2005 but the accidents were much less severe than recent years. There was a 775% in the number of utility emergencies over 2005. Over the past 10 years, the SFPD has seen a steady decrease in the number of vehicle fires and the number of carbon monoxide investigations. During 2006 the SFPD responded to 14 requests for mutual aid assistance and received mutual aid assistance 4 times. The number of mutual aid responses has continually risen over the past 5 years. The busiest months for response were February, June, and November. April proved to be the slowest incident response month during 2006. The 70 responses during the month of November was the highest number of responses in a single month in SFPD history. The 189 total calls for the 2006 calendar year was also a record number of responses. The highest number of yearly responses since the inception of the Staunton Fire Department/Staunton Fire Protection District includes the following: Year 2007 1999 2000 2001 2004 2003 1995 1996 1997 1994 Total Calls 188 130 121 120 108 104 103 103 102 98 A month by month breakdown and a comparison of the 2006 incident responses to the incident responses during the past 10 years is shown below: 2006 Monthly Incident Response Review Type Of Incident 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Total Residential Fires 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 7 Commercial Fires 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Vehicle Fires 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 Brush/Grass/Trash Fires 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 1 15 Smoke Investigations 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 Alarms Sounding 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 Utility Emergencies 1 0 1 0 1 19 3 0 1 1 60 6 93 Carbon Monoxide Response 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 5 8 Hazardous Materials 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 EMS/Police Assist 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 8 Rescue – Vehicle Accident 1 5 1 4 4 0 0 2 1 4 1 1 24 Rescue – Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 Mutual Aid 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 3 1 1 2 0 14 False/Canceled 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Total Calls 7 12 7 4 10 27 9 7 8 11 70 17 189 Incident Response Comparison For the Last 10 Years Type Of Incident 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 Residential Fires 12 14 9 12 15 8 11 12 7 7 Commercial Fires 2 3 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 Vehicle Fires 18 10 12 9 7 6 5 5 4 5 Brush/Grass/Trash Fires 21 3 23 18 10 7 10 7 15 15 Smoke Investigations 11 6 3 9 6 8 7 4 2 3 Alarms Sounding 3 1 3 4 3 6 4 4 4 5 Utility Emergencies 5 8 20 11 10 4 11 18 12 93 Carbon Monoxide Response - 8 12 10 10 6 7 6 3 8 Hazardous Materials 4 4 1 1 0 4 0 3 2 4 EMS/Police Assist 3 4 5 5 7 4 8 7 4 8 Rescue – Auto Extrications 26 19 20 22 19 14 13 20 21 24 Rescue – Other 1 3 3 0 3 3 1 0 3 1 Mutual Aid 7 6 12 9 18 18 23 16 16 14 False/Canceled 0 0 3 7 3 3 3 5 3 1 Total Calls 102 89 130 121 120 92 104 108 97 189 Training Regular training sessions are conducted each Monday evening and training for shift workers is conducted once or twice per month on a Saturday mornings. The Staunton Fire Protection District is one of the few fire departments in the area (paid or volunteer) that conduct training on a weekly basis. Many departments only train every other week or monthly. The SFPD training classes are instructed by both SFPD officers and guest instructors. The classes include both classroom training and a large amount of hands on training evolutions. An advanced training program is provided for officers and a specialized training program is provided for junior firefighters. During the 2006 calendar year, Staunton Fire Protection District personnel accumulated 2,125 hours of on-site training and approximately 950 hours of off-site training. This averages out to approximately 61 hours of on-site training per firefighter. An average of 22 SFPD personnel attended training each Monday evening and an average of 4 SFPD personnel per weekend training class. Captain/Training Officer Danny Mosser coordinates the overall training program and Lieutenant Allan Williams coordinates the weekend training classes. Outlined below are some of the highlights of the 2006 SFPD training program: The training program includes a wide variety of firefighting and rescue training topics and includes an extensive amount of hands on training evolutions. Some of the training topics included rapid intervention team operations, water supply operations, auto extrication, apparatus operation, utility emergencies, multi-injury/disaster operations, technical rescue operations and haz mat response. Ten SFPD personnel attended rapid intervention training conducted by the Illinois Fire Service Institute at the Edwardsville Fire Department last month. Firefighter Don Houston completed his Firefighter II certification. Chief Rick Haase completed the general command staff class and the vehicle and machinery operations certification class. Chief Rick Haase was certified to teach NIMS/Unified Command and CBRNE clandestine lab response. Chief Rick Haase served as a field staff instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute and was assigned as a member of the IFSI industrial advisory committee. He also serves as an instructor and member of the fire science advisory board for Lewis and Clark Community College as well as serving as an instructor for advanced ICS class for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The SFPD continued to expand its’ training library. The library contains all types of training manuals, video tapes, overhead transparencies, CD-ROMs which are available for department or individual use. Over twenty five new additions were made to the library during 2006. The SFPD began to develop plans to construct a department training facility. The training facility will contain different props specifically designed to hone fire and rescue skills. The SFPD began training to meet the requirements of the National Incident Management System requirements. The additional training requirements will be completed during 2007. The SFPD continues the development standardized training programs for personnel. During 2006, the department developed a new training program. This program is in addition to the twenty three other standardized training programs that have been developed over the past seven years. The SFPD currently produces a monthly safety bulletin and a monthly personal development bulletin for all SFPD personnel. Over the past three years, 46 safety bulletins and 40 personal development bulletins have been developed. During the last 15 years, the department members have participated in nearly 40,000 hours of on-site training. Year Accumulated On-Site Training Average Training Hours of On-site Hours Per Firefighter 1992 3,578 65 1993 2,125 57 1994 2,561 50 1995 2,488 61 1996 2,180 53 1997 2,156 53 1998 2,161 54 1999 2,264 60 2000 2,516 55 2001 2,586 66 2002 2,655 66 2003 2,832 68 2004 3,117 70 2005 2,728 61 2006 2,125 46 Total 38,072 59 During the last 15 years SFPD personnel have obtained over 50 state and national training certifications. Some of the certifications that have been obtained by department members includes the following: Certification Class SFPD Personnel Certified Certified Firefighter II 8 Certified Firefighter III 1 Fire Apparatus Engineer 2 Fire Service Instructor I 2 Fire Service Instructor II 1 Fire Officer I 1 Technical Rescue Awareness 7 Vehicle and Machinery Rescue - Operation 1 Medical First Responder 4 Emergency Medical Technician – Basic 5 Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic 2 Basic Trauma Life Support 3 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 2 Emergency Medical Technician Instructor 2 CPR Instructor 4 Hazardous Materials Awareness 23 Hazardous Materials Operations 2 Hazardous Materials Technician 1 Hazardous Materials Incident Commander 1 Certified Fire Protection Specialist 1 Certified Emergency Manager 1 Certified Safety Officer – Fire Suppression 1 Public Education/Public Relations/Fire Prevention The Staunton Fire Protection District continues to spend a large amount of time preventing fires and injuries by conducting a comprehensive public education program. Outline below are some the highlights of this program. During 2006, the Staunton Fire Protection District received the Operation Life Safety Life Safety Achievement award for the ninth year in a row. The Staunton Fire Protection District was one of 769 fire departments worldwide to receive this special award. During 2006, the department conducted the following public education/injury prevention activities: Public Education/Public Relations Number of Activities Activity Completed Newspaper Articles Submitted 322 Cable TV Ads Submitted 96 Radio Announcement Submitted 115 Fire Station Tours 4 Presentations 4 Public Service Activities 21 The department provides 3 weekly public education articles (one on fire prevention, one on accident prevention and one on fire department activities/programs) to two different local newspapers (Staunton Star Times and Kwik Connection). Occasional articles are also provided to a regional newspaper (Alton Telegraph). During 2006 the SFPD completed the meet your volunteer firefighter program. Each week an article was written that featured the efforts of one of the SFPD firefighters. The department has partnered with the local cable TV company (Madison County Communications) and two different print ads (one fire safety and one accident prevention) is provided to the cable TV channel each week. The department provides the material content and the cable TV company provides the layout free of charge. The department has partnered with a local radio station (WSMI) and we provide the radio station with a weekly public service ad which they may use as time is available. The radio ads mirror the current articles which are being provided to the local newspapers in order to help drive home specific topics. The department has a public education sign in front of the fire station. Weekly fire prevention and safety slogans are displayed on the sign. The department provided tours to two scout groups and two school classes during the calendar year. The department provided a total of 4 presentations during the calendar year. The presentations were provided to school classes. An operation prom night program was also conducted at the Staunton High School. . The department provides a number of different public service activities. During 2006, those activities included the following: - Participated in 7 local community parades - Provided a loaner carbon monoxide detectors - Installed smoke detectors and smoke detector batteries - Assisted with fire protection at the high school bonfire - Escorted local school sports teams as they returned from tournaments The SFPD completed an update of its’ web site. The updated web site contains all types of information regarding the department operations. The web site update was completed by the Staunton High School web site. The SFPD conducted fire drills and facility inspections at all three schools within the district. Customer Relations Program - The SFPD continues to conduct a customer relations program. The program is designed to ensure that the department provides high level of service to the general public. As part of the program, the department installs smoke detectors in homes, install batteries in smoke detectors and recharges fire extinguishers used to extinguish fires. The SFPD developed an honor guard program. Personnel attending training on honor guard operations and obtained honor guard materials. The honor guard participated in several area parades and also presented the colors at a Staunton High School football game. The Staunton Fire Protection District is a member of Illinois Fire Safety Alliance. The alliance is a statewide organization that administers and support fire prevention programs. Over the past 10 years, the SFPD has received four grants from the alliance to purchase specialized fire prevention materials. The SFPD continues to expand its’ fire prevention program. SFPD personnel conducted fire prevention reviews of several new commercial structures and also provided fire prevention requirements for new subdivisions. The SFPD is also setting a plan review process that will be conducted in conjunction with the Illinois State Fire Marshal. The department conducted a number of special public education activities. Those activities include the following: - National Fire Safety Council Program - For over 20 years the Staunton Volunteer Fire Department has participated in the National Fire Safety Council Program. This program works with local business to raises funds and provides fire prevention education materials to all pre-school through sixth grade students in all schools. - The SFPD conducted Fire Prevention Week activities. This year they conducted visits to the schools and fire station tours for several organizations and school groups. - The department volunteers sponsored a child to attend the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp. This camp allows children who are burn victims to attend a week long summer camp that allows them to participate in all types of activities as well as providing special care for their burn injuries. - The SFPD volunteers initiated a scholarship program for Staunton High School seniors. During 2006, the volunteers provided a $500 scholarship to Junior Firefighter Brendan Clark. - The SFPD volunteers continue a program to recognize the efforts of area residents who provide support to SFPD operations. During 2006, SFPD community service awards were presented to Staunton Township Highway Commissioner Sam Maedge and local resident Nara Cadorin.. Special Annual Events - Each year the department recognizes special annual events with press releases, and in some cases, special programs. During 2006, the SFPD participated in over 10 annual safety events including Burn Awareness Week, National Safety Week, Driving Safety Week, and Electrical Safety Week. State and National Prevention Program Participation - The department participates in many state and national fire prevention and safety programs. The programs include the Check Your Hot Spots campaign, the Keep the Wreath Red Program, Act on It Campaign, Operation Lifesaver, and the On the Safety Circuit campaign to name a few. Department Projects During 2006, the Staunton Fire Protection District completed or worked on the following projects: The SFPD apparatus specification committee developed the specifications for a new apparatus that will replace the SFPD’s Engine 2 which is a 1976 FMC pumper. The committee specified a Pierce rescue pumper that will have a 2,000 gpm pump, a 1,000 gallon water tank, and will carry a full compliment of both firefighting and rescue equipment. Committee members spent over 200 hours working on the specifications which also included trips to the Pierce factory in Wisconsin. The new vehicle will be delivered March 7, 2007. The SFPD received a $2900 grant from the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company and the funds are being used to purchase materials to build training props. The training props will be part of a new training center that the SFPD is developing on land provided by the City of Staunton. The SFPD received word that it will receive a $25,000 Illinois First Grant. As soon as the funding is received the SFPD will be purchasing a complete rescue tool system (power unit, spreaders, cutters, 3 rams, and hoses) and vehicle stabilization kit. Funding should be received during the first quarter of 2007. The SFPD received a complete rescue tool system (power plant, spreaders, cutters, ram, and hoses) from the FEMA CEDAP program. The rescue tool system is valued at $18,000. The SFPD received a $22,000 grant from Fireman’s Fund Insurance. The grant funding will be used to purchase a thermal imaging camera, a portable 500 gpm monitor and 2,000 feet of 3” supply hose. The equipment has been purchased and should be received during the first quarter of 2007. The SFPD a Polaris 6 x 6 ATV from the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company grant program. The SFPD took delivery of the vehicle during December. A committee is currently working to define the installation of emergency lighting and a brush firefighting skid on the vehicle. A trailer will be purchased to transport the ATV. The department is actively seeking to acquire additional grants. The SFPD applied for a $65,000 grant from the FEMA Firefighters Assistance Grant Program to purchase rescue equipment (two rescue tool systems, an air bag system, two vehicle stabilization systems, and generator/lighting system. The SFPD applied for a $6000 grant from the Hamburger Helper Grant Program to purchase disaster response equipment (radios, school emergency response kits, triage tarp kit, and multi-injury management kits). The SFPD applied for a $3000 grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health to purchase disaster response equipment. The SFPD applied for $38,000 grant from the FEMA Fire and Safety Prevention Grant Program to purchase smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, radios, and batteries for public distribution. The SFPD applied for a grant from Michelin Tires to purchase a new set of tires for the SFPD brush truck. The SFPD applied for grant from the FEMA CEDAP program to purchase a thermal imaging camera. The SFPD applied for grant from Target Safety and International Association of Fire Chiefs to obtain one year access to a new on-line training program. During 2006, the SFPD continued to add new equipment to its’ inventory. Equipment purchased and placed in service included reflective traffic vests for all SFPD personnel, a thermal imaging camera, a weather station, a helicopter landing kit, and additional traffic control equipment . The SFPD installed a repeater radio system. The new system allows the SFPD to have complete coverage throughout the district with both mobile and handheld radios. Updates were completed to the SFPD computer systems. This included the purchase of a lap top computer, purchase of new training and equipment training software and purchase of a computer media projector. Department members did not incur any recordable injuries during the calendar year. It has been 4 ½ years since the last recordable injury to a SFPD firefighter and 6 years since the last lost time injury to a SFPD firefighter. In recognition of safety milestones all SFPD personnel were awarded embroidered sweat shirts during 2006. During 2006, the department developed 16 new guidelines and updated 116 old guidelines. Over the past ten years, the department has developed over 250 standard operating guidelines. The SFPD completed the necessary training and documentation to become compliant with the aspects of the National Incident Management System program. The compliance with the NIMS program will make the SFPD eligible for future grant funding. The SFPD continues to participate in the statewide Mutual Aid Box Alarm System which will allow them to draw on mutual aid resources from across the state in the event of major incident. Chief Rick Haase is currently coordinating a project to develop an overhead incident management team for the Madison County MABAS organization. The SFPD continues to participate in the Madison County Haz Mat Team program. The program provides specialized haz mat team response to all of Madison County as well as the Staunton Fire Protection District and the Bunker Hill Fire Protection District. The program allows the response of personnel specially trained in haz mat response operations as well as the response of a fully equipped haz mat truck, a command vehicle and a foam trailer. The team received a new haz mat response vehicle during 2006. Rick Haase is a duty officer for the haz mat team. The SFPD continued to work with representatives from several city organizations to continue the planning efforts of the Staunton Area Emergency Management Council. The council conducted a large amount of disaster planning efforts during 2006 including a comprehensive review of the water supply outage and winter storm which affected the city. The council has also developed a very comprehensive disaster planning program for 2007. The SFPD continued its’ political awareness program to encourage representatives and senators to support fire service program funding and fire service friendly legislation. This program includes regular letters to local political figures and attendance at the annual fire service legislative day. Chief Rick Haase participated on the National Fire Mutual Aid Task Force established by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He is one of 18 Fire Chiefs from across the country asked to participate on the task force. He traveled to several different locations across the country to attend meetings to help define the parameters of the national fire mutual aid program. The department completed its’ 67th annual 4th of July Celebration. A larger fireworks display was added to the 2006 event. Proceeds from the celebration will be used for routine department operations. The department, in conjunction with the National Fire Safety Council, conducted an annual fundraising campaign for public education materials for the local schools. Local businesses and organizations donated over $1400. The department conducted a pork steak barbeque at the fire station. Almost $1000 in profits was realized and all profits were used to sponsor a child at the Illinois Fire Safety Burn camp. The SFPD participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association fill the boot campaign. Almost $1,000 in donations was collected at the annual 4th of July celebration. The SFPD volunteers held their annual golf tournament during September. Proceeds from the golf tournament were earmarked to help purchase a thermal imaging camera. The SFPD volunteer organization conducted a number of social activities for the members. The 2006 activities included a bowling night, a fishing tournament, a family picnic, a family Christmas party, a family New Years Eve party, a recognition dinner and sponsorship of team in a softball and a golf tournament. During 2006, the volunteers of the Staunton Fire Protection District provided approximately 10,800 man hours of service to the community. Based on the current estimate that volunteer service is worth $18.05 per hour, the SFPD volunteers provided the community almost $195,000 of service. Activity Hours SFPD On-Site Training 2125 SFPD Off-Site Training 950 SFPD Incident Response 975 SFPD Public Education Activities 450 SFPD Meetings/Planning Work 2400 SFPD Fundraising 1850 SFPD Maintenance Activities 1300 SFPD Miscellaneous Community Service 750 Total Hours of Service 10,800