City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||III - Fire Department Organization|
|Subject:||Department Goals and Objectives|
A. To promote efficient and effective Fire Department operations through realistic goals and objectives.
B. To inform all Fire Department members of current departmental goals and objectives.
C. To establish organizational direction and measurable accomplishment through well defined goals and objectives.
A. To annually review and establish goals and objectives for all subdivisions of the Charlottesville Fire Department in accordance with the department's general organizational goals.
B. To keep Fire Department members informed as to current goals and objectives of the Fire Department and its sub-units.
C. To actively pursue, insofar as possible, the accomplishment of established objectives and the regulation of departmental goals.
It is the responsibility of all Fire Department members to strive for and meet the established departmental goals and objectives.
A. To provide cost effective, high levels of service in the protection of life and property from fire, panic, and related hazards, and also provide highly skilled services in the fire prevention, building inspection, arson investigation, and educational programs.
B. To work together with other departments to achieve proper design in planning of new developments so as to insure effective fire-related requirements that will provide reasonable protection against fire and panic.
l. Effectively manage departmental resources by establishing reasonable and effective policies and procedures to meet organizational goals.
2. Provide adequate staff and equipment to an alarm location with acceptable response times.
3. Provide public education in fire prevention, rescue, and other city services.
4. Continue to evaluate the department's standards, policies, and procedures.
l. Total fire costs for Charlottesville (expenditures per $l0,000 of property value plus loss per $l,000 of property value) shall be below that of other comparable Virginia municipalities.
2. Sick leave for the department shall not exceed an average usage of more than five (5) days per member per year.
3. Complete the four (4) books of the Charlottesville Fire Department Operations Manual and institute the review and revision policy of said manual (See l-I-3, 3.07).
4. Provide a system for personnel contracts for Fire Captains.
l. Provide a cost efficient fire fighting force.
2. Serve the public through public safety education, business inspections, and information referral.
l. To complete ninety (90) percent of the emergency responses within the City in five (5) minutes or less.
2. To complete seventy (70) percent of the emergency responses to the urban area of Albemarle County in ten (l0) minutes or less.
3. To receive and dispatch ninety-five (95) percent of fire alarms within one (l) minute for City alarms and within two (2) minutes for county alarms.
4. Continue to evaluate ways to reduce response times.
l. To administer the departmental training program within the guidelines adopted by the Fire Chief.
2. To establish on-going training programs for the fire department.
3. To maintain training records of all employees as well City Volunteer Company members on departmental com- puter system and to maintain a hard copy back-up re- cord for each employee and Volunteer member.
4. To provide a structured training program for the City Volunteer Company
l. To periodically evaluate training programs of this department to ensure they are current and relevant.
2. To evaluate basic skills level of personnel through company evolutions and to provide teaching oppor- tunities for non-instructors.
3. To assist departmental personnel in their individual career development and professional certifications, keeping re-certifications current and up-to-date for all department personnel.
4. To provide, through the in-house training program, at least 20 hours of training per month for departmental personnel.
l. To provide public education as it relates to fire safety and protection.
2. To provide high level business inspections to maintain them in a condition meeting current codes and ordinances.
3. To improve the current level of fire protection related to control of hazardous occupancies, processes, and required fire protection systems.
4. To reduce the possibility for fire in all buildings in the community through fire prevention inspections.
5. To reduce the incident of arson and establish cause and origin of fire.
6. To ensure all construction projects meet fire/ safety standards.
7. To provide quality enforcement of City Codes.
l. To conduct l500 business inspections per year.
2. To prepare 2l6 pre-fire drawings per year.
3. To investigate any fires of suspicious origin or cause.
4. To transfer fire prevention records onto a computer system.
5. To prevent fires occurring within inspectable properties from exceeding more than ten (l0) percent of the total building fires occurring within the City.
To maintain department fire stations and equipment in a clean, safe, and respectable condition.
To perform daily maintenance routine as established in work schedule.
To maintain the Charlottesville Fire Department's assigned vehicles and apparatus at a safe, reliable, and operational level.
l. To limit failure of motorized apparatus to less than one (l) percent of company runs.
2. To thoroughly service each engine and truck at least every six (6) months.
3. To service the department's light vehicles at least every 3,000 to 5,000 miles used.
To maintain a trained group of people who can provide assistance to Fire Fighters on alarms in the Charlottesville area.
l. To provide standard guidelines for protective clothing, behavior, and procedures.
2. To provide training to volunteer members and establish the Fire Fighter I level as the minimum qualification for volunteer members.
3. To encourage better communication, cooperation, and coordination of efforts between the paid and volunteer Fire Fighting personnel.
4. To establish a minimum volunteer response at nine (9) qualified members.
A. Each shift Fire Captain and Station One Fire Lieutenants shall submit completed Objective Schedules according to 1-VII-17.
B. The Objective Schedule shall state all training, inspections, and daily activities to be completed during the up-coming month.
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