FIRE OPERATIONS

2023-2025 Biennium Budget

OVERVIEW

The Operations Division is primarily tasked with providing the day-to-day emergency and non-emergency responses to the public we serve. Typical responses include wildland fires, structure fires, public assistance, traumatic injuries, hazardous materials, technical rescues, medical emergencies, and various other hazardous conditions. As AF&R is also the transporting ambulance for Southern Jackson County, our department routinely transports individuals who need to be seen by emergency department physicians to nearby hospitals. When not responding to calls for service, personnel perform station and vehicle maintenance, conduct company level fire prevention and life safety inspections, teach CPR, CERT, and other public education classes, give station tours, and participate in daily firefighting and EMS training. Department personnel are also assigned organizational duties, greatly reducing the need for additional administrative staff.


Fire operations continue to operate without a dedicated training officer or training facility. This leads to on duty line personnel having to conduct necessary training while being available to respond to Emergency Service calls. Fire operations also observed a decrease in staffing levels in 2020 from 9/10 to 8/10 which is an 11.11 % reduction in available staff to respond to calls. Operations personnel participate in regional and state responses during times of need, for example: wildland deployments requests from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office for fire conflagration assignments in the protection of life and property for our fellow Oregonians.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2022 Responded to 5,264 calls for service (946 Fire Calls, 4,313 medicals, and 1 Special Rescue). No resources available to respond to calls 200 times, Requested Mercy Assistance 181 times.
  • 2021 Responded to 4,836 calls for service (965 Fire Calls, 3,854 medicals, and 17 Special Rescues). No resources available to respond to calls 202 times, Requested Mercy Assistance 176 times.
  • Responded to 97% of all medical calls within established response time requirements.
  • Provided engine and personnel to the Van Meter Fire in Klamath Falls.
  • Received an AFG grant in the amount of $195,000 to purchase Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
  • Received an AFG grant in the amount of $185,000 to conduct annual cancer and medical screening for all staff members for 2 years

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  • Hire a Training Officer (1 full time FTE).

  • Develop a dedicated training site for realistic hands-on fire training.

  • Accelerate apparatus replacement schedule where needed to maintain engine and ambulance operational readiness.

  • Increase staffing to 36-Operational line personnel.

  • Increase staffing to 8-Single Role EMS Providers.

  • Increase staffing to a daily minimum of nine personnel.

  • Purchase a quint style aerial apparatus (ladder/pumper).

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FROM 2021-2023

Emergency Work - Cost of items secondary to inflation.

Station Supplies - Reduced and sent to other accounts to adjust budget for actual expense.

Professional Services - Cost of items secondary to inflation and contracts to keep current systems and programs in place.

Bad Debt Collection - Increase amount is secondary to an increase in patients not paying for medical transport or treat and release non-payment.

Medical Laboratory - Cost of increase is secondary to supply issues and increase in price index.

Emergency Operations Coordinator - Moved to Emergency Management Budget.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

  • Indicator #1: 5.8-minute average response time for all ambulance calls in Ashland
  • Indicator #2: Successful resuscitation of 6 cardiac arrest patients
  • Indicator #3: Property Value/Loss - $12,583,900 in property saved ($230,500 in losses)
  • Indicator #4: Each firefighter receives an average of 426 hours of training for the year

BUDGET LINE ITEMS (EXPENDITURES)