Some may have noticed the face of our Web site and social media has changed. As many folks now may know, WSFR has been hard at work crafting our 2016-2021 Community Driven Strategic Plan. We began this proccess with assistance from industry colleagues from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), our accreditation organization who sought out honest and direct feedback from nearly 50 community stakeholders. While the official plan is not ready for release, the first product of this proccess, our revised mission, and values statement is ready to roll.
A mission and values statement holds high importance in an organization that hopes to be progressive and customer accountable. A shared mission and values statement is essential for those who seek to accomplish even greater things, for it takes a village.
After a great deal of determined work, community input, and exhaustive dialog with the internal stakeholders group we present the following statements. The Mission is all new, short, and to the point. The values are based on our last set of Competence, Readiness, and Respect, but expanded to 4 values and refined meanings which we feel more completely captures the values that guide us as we carry out our mission.
Providing professional service and compassionate care from our family to yours.
Readiness: We will anticipate the needs of our community through preparedness, education, and continual improvement.
Excellence: We will pursue mastery of technical knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Courage: We will display the mental strength and moral character to do what is right, even in the presence of personal and professional adversity.
Respect: We will serve our community and each other with dignity, integrity, appreciation, and kindness, while valuing the diversity and efforts of all.
WSFR has 3 shifts- “Battalions” (A, B, and C). Full time career Firefighter/EMTs are assigned to one of the three battalions which are scheduled 48 hours-on and 96 hours-off. Part-time and volunteer members work from 12 to 48 hours depending upon the needs and their availability. Although the hours are long, this type of schedule is the most economical method of maintaining a constant level of service and requires fewer personnel than shorter shifts.
How many firefighters and rescue personnel are on duty each day?
WSFR has between 12-20 personnel on duty each day. Each first due Type 1 Rescue / Pumper has a minimum staffing of 3 Firefighter/EMTs, and may staff up to 4 personnel on these engines. We also staff our Advanced Life Support ambulance with a minimum of an EMT and Paramedic through a contract with Poudre Valley Hospital EMS. Additionally we have a Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal, Operations Chief, EMS Chief, Fire Chief, and support staff who respond if needed. We have a system in place to quickly recall career and volunteer members for large incidents requiring additional resources.