The Town of Castle Rock's fire department has a newly approved strategic plan for the next five years, outlining six major goals of the department. The department has been nationally accredited …
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The Town of Castle Rock's fire department has a newly approved strategic plan for the next five years, outlining six major goals of the department.
The department has been nationally accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International since 2012. Fire Chief Norris Croom said its strategic plan is a significant part of being accredited. The department has implemented a strategic plan since 2010.
The department's six goals for 2020-2024 are:
• Improve and update the fire training center.
• Plan and implementation of fleet service and logistics facility.
• Develop and implement a comprehensive wildland mitigation program through creation of a community wildfire protection plan.
• Review and update software and hardware technologies.
• Develop a special operations management plan.
• Equip all facilities to minimize return to service times and provide for the ongoing health and wellness of department members.
In drafting the 2020-2024 plan, approved by council on Jan. 21, the department hosted open houses and conducted its first online survey to solicit public opinion. The goal was to better understand the public's priorities, expectations and concerns, Croom said.
A staff report said that outreach found the community's top expectations included well-trained personnel, adequate response times and adequate staffing. The plan shows their top concerns were with growth and development, staffing, resource deployment and funding.
“The top community concern is growth and development; more specifically the department's ability to keep pace with and be able to maintain its existing levels of service as the community continues to grow,” the plan states.
A 17-member committee representing all shifts and ranks in the department took community feedback to create the 2020-2024 plan, which is available at CRgov.com. The plan's approval has no impact to the town budget, although it highlights projects and estimated project costs that could be incurred with future council approval.
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