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2011 AFD Annual Report

2011 AFD Annual Report

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CITY OF ABERDEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT
 
Dave Carlberg, Fire Chief Rich Malizia, Assistant Chief March 29, 2012Honorable Bill Simpson, MayorCity of AberdeenMayor Simpson,I respectfully submit to you and the City Council, the following annual report thatrecords the activities of the Aberdeen Fire Department for the year 2011.The City of Aberdeen provides fire protection within the city boundaries servicing16,500 residents over 10.5 square miles. In addition, we provide fire and or EMSprotection to Fire Districts 10 and 15, Cosmopolis, Bigelow Drive and StaffordCreek Corrections. Fire and EMS are provided through two fire stations staffed24/7 at each facility.Information recently released by the National Fire Protection Agency indicatespublic fire departments responded to 1,331,500 fires in the United States. Thesefires caused an estimated 3,120 civilian deaths and 17,720 injuries and morethan 11.5 billion in property damage. A fire department responds to a fire in theUnited States every 24 seconds. 80% of all fires occur in residential properties.85% of all fatalities occur in the home.In 2011 the Aberdeen Fire Department responded to a total of 
5,232
calls forservice. Fire losses for the year totaled $1,087,106. Based on the collection of data, $1,087,106 of total fire loss represents 60.2% of total property lost versus$718,797 or 39.8% of total property saved. Overall, there were a total of nineincidents throughout the year that required a second alarm or greater escalationin which resources beyond the daily staffing were needed. We are also nowtracking mutual aid and automatic response data for this report. The Activitylevels are broken down as follows:392 Fire Responses (26 Hazardous Materials)820 Engine Medical Assists4,020 Total Medical ResponsesThe department’s average response time in 2011 was
5 minutes 41 seconds
toall reported fire incidents. This includes an average two minutes of “turnouttime” or the time it takes for the initial dispatch to the first unit responding. Thisfalls within the National Fire Protection Agency’s goal for a fire department toarrive within six minutes to an incident 90% of the time.
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On July 5, 2011, a major fire occurred at the former Croatian Hall at 219 NWBlvd. This incident is explained in more detail within this report, but againemphasizes the ever growing problem we have with both legal and illegalfireworks in our community. This was one of two significant incidents thatoccurred two days apart involving fireworks caused fires.The fire service continues to be the leader for EMS in the United States. A recentstudy by the Federal Inter-Agency Committee on EMS concluded that 40% of allEMS delivered nation wide is now fire based, followed by private non-hospital(25%) and government non-fire (21%).Again a most outstanding achievement for 2011 is a total of 88 documentedmedical saves. These are patients who most likely would not have survivedwithout qualified medical intervention by our firefighter/paramedics. EMSresponse time averaged
4 minutes, 17 seconds
within the city.In 2011 we replaced our oldest medic unit by retrofitting a new chassis and areconditioned patient compartment. This medic unit now has a 2011 Ford chassisand a completely reconditioned box that was upgraded with all new lighting andother equipment. The rehabbed unit saves approximately 20% of the cost versesthe option of building new.Early in the year BC Damon Lillybridge secured an energy grant to update lightingand heating equipment for both stations that meet new energy standards. In theearly spring of 2011 the city was able to procure funds to purchase the buildingimmediately west of the main fire station. It was decided to use this space forthe administrative operation, thereby providing additional workspace and storageat the main fire station. The project completion date is scheduled for the springof this year.With revenue now being collected for hazardous materials spill mitigation, wewere able to partially restore the grade school fire and injury preventioneducation. Our public education teams visited elementary grades K-3 atMcDermoth, AJ West, Robert Gray, Stevens and St. Mary’s schools.I would like to thank the various team leaders and staff members who helpedcompile the material for this annual report. I would also like to thank the CityCouncil and the Public Safety Committee for the immense support they havegiven the department. We have again made some important accomplishments inthe direction of improving life safety and property conservation for our citizens.Respectfully,Dave Carlberg, Fire Chief City of Aberdeen
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLEPAGE
Organizational Chart 4Mission Statement 5Fire & EMS Budget 6New Administrative Annex 8Operations 9Major Incident Narrative112011 Photos 15Emergency Medical Services16Fire Investigation/Code Enforcement24Training27Safety/Health35Water Supply37Public Education38Apparatus39Communications/Radio40Chaplain Report41
Cover by FF/P Dave Swinhart 
– July 5, 2011 – Commercial structure fire at219 NW Blvd.
(Photo by Battalion Chief Bill Mayne)
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