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File #: 16-1181    Version: 1 Name: 9/6/16 2016 Strategic Fire Services Plan
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/6/2016 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/6/2016 Final action: 9/6/2016
Enactment date: 9/6/2016 Enactment #: R-16-341
Title: Resolution to Adopt the 2016 Strategic Fire Services Plan
Attachments: 1. AAFD Strategic Plan final draft 8-18-16
Title
Resolution to Adopt the 2016 Strategic Fire Services Plan
Memorandum
This is to recommend approval of the attached resolution adopting the 2016 Strategic Fire Services Plan, which will provide the City's Fire Services Unit (AAFD) a clear statement of their ongoing mission as well as the necessary planning tool in development of future services to better protect and preserve the community and its residents.

AAFD has an opportunity to pursue national accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and its Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). CPSE describes the fire department accreditation as a rigorous self-assessment process that requires the agency to "examine their past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices." This accreditation process provides a well-defined, internationally-recognized benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services as well as assure compliance to state and federal laws. An adopted Strategic Plan is required for accreditation.

AAFD's current strategic plan was developed in 2008. An updated strategic plan, which addresses the quality benchmarks identified in the accreditation process, was a necessary component of AAFD's efforts to pursue its overall mission. The same strategic plan consulting firm used by the City, The Azimuth Group, Inc. (AGI), was hired by AAFD to assure that the Fire Service's strategic plan stays in alignment with the overall City's strategic plan.

The proposed strategic plan incorporated interviews, work groups and focus groups to obtain input from many facets including fire administration, fire service unit personnel from all ranks, leaders of neighboring fire departments, University of Michigan representatives, and community leaders. The data collected from all spectrums allowed to identify and plan for the future in providing the expected and needed fire services.

This strateg...

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