The Fire District #3 Board of Directors agreed at their Feb. 18 meeting to hire Emergency Services Consulting International to conduct a “focused management review” of the fire district. ESCI anticipates making a preliminary report to the board of directors at their March meeting. Board member Colin Fagan was absent.
The Scope of Work attached to the contract had four objectives. They were:
Objective No. 1- Initiation of the project. Meeting with the district’s identified contact(s) to gain further understanding of the project’s background, goals, and expectations.
Objective No. 2- Complete environmental scan. This involves interviews with key stakeholders, and facilitating a confidential organization-wide survey. The survey will be electronic and involve every employee as well as members of the district.
Objective No. 3- Report observations and recommendations. ESCI will offer specific observations and recommendations related to:
• Board oversight
• Administrative practices
• Human resources
Objective No. 4- Establish prioritized work plan. This will be a plan for the implementation of the team’s recommendations and involves the preliminary report to the board, expected at the March meeting.
It is estimated this project will cost around $10,000 to $11,000.
Fire Chief Dave Hard continues on paid leave pending this review.
District 3 resident Byran Baumgartner addressed the board acknowledging that he received data from Acting Fire Chief Winfrey that he had requested on Jan. 19 from Chief Hard. He listed items that were added to the cost of the remodel of the old District 3 administration building that he said should have been included in the original cost, such as sprinklers and seismic upgrade.
Winfrey recommended the board delay recruitment of a training chief and operations chief until the ESCI report is completed. He said because of budget constraints he also recommended holding the hiring of the maintenance mechanic until the new budget year. The board was in agreement.
Winfrey also report that District 3 will not apply for CFAI certification this year primarily because several positions remain unfilled and the fact that competencies cannot be met. Certification will start all over next year, according to Winfrey.
The first budget meeting will be April 29 when the budget will be presented. A second meeting on May 13 will present the document department by department.
Winfrey said he was very pleased to advise that Stacy Maxwell has for the sixth year received the highest honor given a financial officer for her work. That ended the brief meeting on a very positive note.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent