Fire & Rescue Department: Prevention-Community Risk Reduction

FY 2024 ANNUAL BUDGET

The main responsibilities of the division are to conduct fire incident investigations, perform preplans for high risk properties, and oversee the inspection plan review of commercial properties within the city of Eau Claire. Division personnel are responsible for fire code compliance, follow-up inspections, fire investigations, and public education. Personnel serve as informational contacts for other departments and people within the community who have questions regarding National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (SPS) codes.


Objectives:

  • Fully fund all positions within the division to full-time status.
  • Add a third fire inspector position.
  • Continue collaborative efforts with the Eau Claire Police Department and Human Resources Department to provide mental wellness and a peer support program for emergency service personnel within the City of Eau Claire.
  • Work with Risk Management to conduct an annual community risk analysis focusing on all hazards and risks within the community.
  • Provide fire prevention and life safety education for members of the community - targeting young children, young adults, and the elderly.
  • Increase outreach programs to college students residing in on- and off-campus housing.
  • Provide an annual smoke detector and carbon monoxide installation program identifying high risk homes and occupancies within the community.
  • Increase the training and knowledge level of fire investigation methodology within the ranks of fire department personnel.
  • Partner with Risk Management to update and maintain all Emergency Management Plans for the City of Eau Claire and conduct exercises to ensure proficiency.
  • Continue with the establishment of an Emergency Management Team for the City of Eau Claire.
  • Partner with area fire departments in providing safety education utilizing the regional fire safety house.
  • Partner with other agencies to enhance community outreach programs to reduce the negative impacts of drug and alcohol abuse in the city of Eau Claire.
  • Increase collaborative efforts with the Eau Claire County Health Department to formulate and implement a public education program to increase knowledge of private citizens for personal preparation for emergencies.

Outputs:

  • Conducted 5,638 inspections of 3,661 occupancies.
  • Performed 261 specialty inspections and 46 fire drills.
  • Conducted plan reviews, public education, and specialty training sessions.
  • Completed 27 tank inspections and 3 tank plan reviews.
  • Responded to 72 fire-related incidents, with 55 of those being building fires. Eight fires were identified as suspected arson cases, and in an additional six fires arson could not be ruled out. Estimated fire loss was $2,999,686.
  • Responded to 10 environmental study requests as the local governmental unit responsible for providing environmental impact records for properties within the city.
  • Presented fire safety education to approximately 3,500 elementary school students.
  • Enhanced the City’s Health and Safety program through goal-oriented initiatives including training, education, and continuous process improvement.
  • Served as a community partner working with other departments and agencies on a variety of community risk reduction efforts.

Fire & Rescue Prevention-Community Risk Reduction Expenditure Summary