South Metro Fire Rescue

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

South Metro's Strategic Planning Process

South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) provides an all-hazards approach in the protection of the lives and property of residents, businesses, and visitors of Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties in Colorado. The Distric is consistently working to achieve and/or maintain the highest level of professionalism and efficiency on behalf of those it serves, and thus, undergoes an in-depth strategic planning session that provides a five year strategic plan for South Metro on the key objectives and goals the District would like to accomplish. We are pleased to present to the community our new strategic plan that will take us from 2021-2025.

We know that for many successful organizations, the voice of the community drives operations and charts thecourse for the future. That is why South Metro focuses on a community-driven emergency service approach that seeks to gather and utilize the needs and expectations of our community in the development and/or improvement of theservices provided. To ensure that the community remains a focus of an organization’s direction, a community-driven strategic planning process was used to develop this strategic plan.


South Metro Strategic Planning Team.

A cross-section of representation from South Metro (including Chief-level Officers, line and admin staff) all participated in the strategic planning session.

Message from the Chief

I am so very proud to share with our community and stakeholders the South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR)2021-2025 Strategic Plan. The men and women at SMFR serve in one of the fastest-growingcommunities in the United States. Our challenge has been – and most certainly will continue to be – being proactive and innovative in staying ahead of change while continuing to provide exceptional service in all-hazards emergency response. I am honored to serve alongside what I believe to be the mostcompassionate and gifted caregivers and firefighters our noble profession has to offer.

Our organization has undergone an incredible amount of change over the past few years through the unification of three long-standing, proud fire service organizations. We welcome the legacies of the South Metro Fire Rescue Fire Protection District, Cunningham Fire Protection District, and Littleton Fire Rescue, along with the tradition, pride, and service excellence that each organization brings to what is now our larger, culture-rich new organization. We brought these agencies together to form a single fire protection district with the vision of improving service, firefighter safety, financial stability, and longterm sustainability. Over the next five years, we will continue to strive to achieve this vision with the guidance of this strategic plan to keep us focused on the critical initiatives that will move us forward.

As you will see in our major goals and objectives, we will be focusing on our rapid growth and the impact that it has on our ability to support our services, connect with our community, support our members, and prepare ourselves for the challenges of the future. We will do this by taking care of the physical and mental health of our firefighters and combat the conditions that lead to firefighter injuries and deaths; build the technical and leadership abilities of our members to identify future leaders and help our members to be at their best throughout their career; strengthen our foundation of connecting with our members and community, and holding ourselves to the highest level of standards through accreditation.

There are many opportunities on the horizon, but we also recognize that there are challenges as well. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a lasting impact on the economy as well as the lives and well-being of our community, and we will continue to navigate through this with our men and women and our community members. In addition, we continue to set high standards for South Metro. Our members and board of directors will need to work diligently to ensure that our strategic path is set to get us to where we envision ourselves as a fire department five years from now, and we cannot get there without partnering with our strong community. We will continue to keep our community a top priority and will work to ensure that we embody our vision of being a best-in-class organization.

SMFR Mission

South Metro Fire Rescue is a world-class organization that serves the public by protecting lives and property through our dedication to training, prevention, mitigation, and response.

SMFR Vision

To be a best-in-class, all-hazards prevention, mitigation, and response organization that supports a safe, healthy, growing community; a leader in risk reduction, preparedness, service delivery, and operational effectiveness; highly valued as a community and business partner and as an employer of choice; and well-positioned to proactively meet the needs of our changing demographic and businesses while maintaining fiscal strength and stability.

SMFR Values

We are stewards of the public trust who value the equitable treatment of all. We foster strong community ties through integrity, compassion, and unwavering professionalism.

To read South Metro Fire Rescue's 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, please click here.