2009 Annual Report

GREAT FALLS
FIRE RESCUE

ANNUAL REPORT
2009

BUDGET INFORMATION

 
DIVISION TOTAL BUDGET
FY 09/10
TOTAL BUDGET
FY 08/09
Fire Operations

Personnel Costs

$5,856,551
4,931,066
$5,585,264
4,717,124
Fire Prevention

Personnel Costs

$210,539
161,814
$221,669
170,255
Hydrants

Personnel Costs

$87,201
53,396
$79,150
52,273
Disaster & Emergency Services

Personnel Costs

$108,057
96,517
$107,095
92,846

 

Station #1 105 9th Street South
Station #2 731 6th Street Northwest
Station #3 3325 Central Avenue
Station #4 1800 Fox Farm Road
Training Center 1900 9th Street South

STATISTICS

TOTAL RESPONSES IN 2009 = 5,839
  2009 TOTALS 2008 TOTALS
FIRE CALLS 641 634
     
Dispatched as Structure Call 519 490
     
Structure Fires 65 70
Vehicles Fires 29 22
Outdoor Vegetation 20 22
Outdoor Rubbish 46 42
Misc Outdoor 4 9
Overpressure, Rupture 7 7
Natural Gas Leak 46 56
Electrical/Arcing Wiring/Equipment 31 44
Overheated Motor 11 9
Light Ballast 7 5
Structure Weakened/Collapse 14 3
Attempt/Threat to Burn 34 28
Authorized Control Burn 1 3
Vapor Mistaken for Smoke 4 7
Smoke Scare 65 64
False Alarm 257 243
     
EMS/RESCUE CALLS 3,852 3,446
     
Medical 3,247 2,952
Ambulance Assist 267 168
Vehicle Accident 268 279
Vehicle vs Pedestrian 22 16
Elevator Rescue 7 7
Extrication 1 4
High/Low Angle Rescue 1 1
Ice Rescue 1 3
Water Rescue 2 5
Lock In 4 4
No Patient Contact 32 7
     
HAZMAT CALLS 108 57
     
Fuel/Oil Spill 16 10
Chemical Spill 14 11
CO Leak 12 12
Vehicle Accident Cleanup 37 17
Misc Hazardous Condition 29 7
     
PUBLIC SERVICE CALLS 633 669
     
Lift Assist 323 354
Aircraft Standby 1 3
Animal Rescue 6 4
Lock Out 9 15
Misc Service 106 75
Police Assist 73 64
Power Line Down 64 103
Severe Weather 4 8
Smoke Removal 8 13
Water Leak/Issue 39 30
     
GOOD INTENT CALLS 605 669
     
Cancelled en route 488 496
No Hazard Found 117 173
     
Fire Districts / Out of City 99 126

 

RESPONSES BY STATION

 

 
TYPE OF CALL STATION #1 STATION #2 STATION #3 STATION #4
FIRE 262 95 205 79
EMS/RESCUE 2,033 664 894 261
HAZMAT 53 19 25 11
PUBLIC SERVICE 319 93 190 31
GOOD INTENT 395 56 120 34
TOTALS 3,062 927 1,434 416

FIRE DISTRICTS / OUT OF CITY CALLS

9 32 9 49

 

 

FIRE DISTRICT / OUT OF CITY

 
TYPE CALL 2009 2008
Fire 20 28
EMS/Rescue 60 65
Hazmat 1 2
Public Service 6 6
Good Intent 12 25

 

 

RESCUES / SAVES

 
TYPE 2009 2008
Medical Rescues 95 Na
Fire Rescues 10 Na
     
Medical Saves Na Na

 

 

INJURIES

 
AT FIRES 2009 2008
Civilian Fire Injuries 1 5
Firefighter Injuries 14 20
Civilian Fire Deaths 0 0
Firefighter Deaths 0 0

 

HOURLY SUMMARY

 

ACTIVITY 2009 2008
     
Apparatus Maintenance 5,085 4,877
Equipment Maintenance 4,524 4,080
Station Maintenance 6,506 6,313
     
Physical Conditioning 8,813 8,869
Training 14,799 14,334
Self Improvement 42,287 42,620
     
Customer Contact 846 1,133
Public Education 522 559
     
Company Inspections 3,808 3,829
Re-Inspections 652 336
Preplan Review 461 375
Project Tasks 1,222 1,798
     
Incidents 12,073 11,769
Reports 2,737 2,624
Planning 1,053 1,141

Fire hydrant maintenance was performed on 3,051 hydrants and 1,194 were flowed in 2009.
Civic groups painted approximately 207 hydrants.

 

 

FIRE PREVENTION

 

MAJOR CAUSES OF STRUCTURE FIRES

  • 15 fires were the result of Appliances.
  • 7 fires were the result of Wiring.
  • 6 fires were the result of Food Unattended on Stove.
     

 

PROPERTY VALUE & LOSS

The estimated value of the structures (65) involved in fires in 2009 was $34,631,550.
The total estimated fire loss from this value was $2,038,188. This equates to a loss of 5.89%.

 

Of the 65 structure fires, 43 fires were confined to the room or area of origin and 17 were confined to the structure itself. There were only 5 structure fires that extended beyond the structure of origin.

 

SAFETY INSPECTIONS

 

INSPECTIONS
CONDUCTED*
REINSPECTIONS
CONDUCTED
3,121 811
 

*Of the 3,121 inspections conducted during the year, 774 occupancies had a total of 1,186 fire code violations which required a return visit. 374 occupancies had a total of 159 minor (non life safety) violations which only required a phone call.

 

PUBLIC FIRE EDUCATION

 

98 Public Fire Education classes were presented during 2009 to a total audience of 7,856.

 

PERFORMANCE MEASURES
 

CUSTOMER SURVEY RESULTS

Postage paid survey cards are mailed randomly to persons that were involved in our responses in order to evaluate our level of service provided. Customers are sent questions that relate to the type of service provided and are asked to rank the answers on a scale of 1 to 8 with 1 being poor and 8 being excellent. This survey is anonymous and we generate about a 45% return.

In 2009, GFFR had an overall rating of 7.50

The questions and our average response for are as follows:

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE SURVEY Average Response
How was the overall service provided to you? 7.63
Was the crew professional in appearance? 7.60
Were you treated courteously? 7.69
Were the treatments explained clearly? 7.48
Was the crew responsive to your needs? 7.66
How well did we take care of you? 7.71
FIRE SUPPRESSION SURVEY  
Did the Fire Dept. Respond in a timely manner? 7.95
Was the fire extinguished quickly? 7.89
Was the extent of damage explained to you? 7.95
Were you treated in a courteous manner? 7.90
Was your property treated with respect? 7.68
Was cause and origin explained to you? 7.68
Were your basic needs addressed?
(food, clothing, shelter)
7.94
FIRE/SAFETY INSPECTION  
How was the overall service provided to you? 7.41
Was the crew professional in appearance? 7.63
Were you treated courteously? 7.63
Was the inspection process explained to you? 6.99
Were the code requirements clearly explained? 7.00

 

APPARATUS/VEHICLE INVENTORY

 

DESIGNATION YEAR MAKE
Engine 1 2004 Pierce, 1250 gal (Red)
Engine 2 2004 Pierce, 1250 gal (Red)
Engine 3 2004 Pierce, 1250 gal (Red)
Engine 4 1991 Freightliner, 1250 gal (lime yellow)
Engine 5 1991 Freightliner, 1250 gal (lime yellow)
Engine 6 1989 Ford, 1250 gal (lime yellow)
Truck 2 1996 Smeal Quint (red)
Chief 1 2001 Chevrolet Suburban (white)
Snorkel 1 1970 Mack 1,250 GPM 85' Boom (white)
Snorkel cont   Chassis CF685FCS1155
Rescue 1 1994 Freightliner FL60 (red)
Utility 1 1996 Dodge Ram Truck (red)
Unit 1 1992 Chevrolet S10 Blazer (blue)
Unit 3 2000 Chevrolet Impala 4dr (white)
Unit 75 1993 Chevrolet S10 Pickup w/topper (blue)
Haz-Mat Van 1982 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Van (white)
Boat 1 1993 Spectrum 16'
Trailer 1993 Hawkeye - tires 32 psi
Trailer 1984 Breathing Apparatus (white)
Spec Ops Van 1991 Chevrolet 1 Ton Hi-Cube Van
Parade Unit 1924 Stutz Fire Truck (red)
Water Tender 2000 Freightliner, 2200 gal (red)
Trailer   City Hazmat Trailer
Trailer   State Hazmat Trailer

 

PERSONNEL ROSTER

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:

Randy McCamley, Fire Chief
Steve Hester, Asst Chief
Doug Bennyhoff, Fire Marshal
Dirk Johnson, Training Officer
Kyle Prosperie, Admin Asst. Sr.
Kathy Vincent, Account Clerk Sr.
Kristal Kuhn, Emergency Mgmt Planner

BUREAU:

Ron Martin, Captain/Fire Inspector

CHAPLAIN:

JT Coughlin

"A" PLATOON: "B" PLATOON:
Steve Gonser, Battalion Chief Charles Rovreit, Battalion Chief
Ron Scott, Captain George Cook Jr, Captain
Robert Shupe, Captain Tim Croft, Captain
David Vogt, Captain Terry Bailey, Captain
BJ Perry, Captain Jeremy Jones, Captain
Shaun Opp, Engineer Vaughn Thurston, Engineer
Tim Harris, Engineer Jerry Geist, Engineer
Michael Loy, Engineer Brandon Jaraczeski, Engineer
Jason Baker, Engineer Shane Klippenes, Engineer
Jay Swisher, Engineer Justin Lee, Engineer
Michael Kuntz, FF1C Spencer Swingley, FF1C
Nick Damyanovich, FF1C Jason Furr, FF1C
Colton Walter, Firefighter Troy Weir, FF1C
Ty Loney, Firefighter Chris Newman, Firefighter
Mike Pancich, Probationary Firefighter Nathan Schmidt, Probationary Firefighter
"C" PLATOON: "D" PLATOON:
Dwane Sutphin, Battalion Chief Jamie Jackson, Battalion Chief
Jeff Jackson, Captain Doug Neil, Captain
Andrew Bailey, Captain Talbert Bryan, Captain
Dan Cherry, Captain David Van Son, Captain
Tom Zaremski, Captain Joe Russell, Captain
Jerry Lyons, Engineer Bobbie Wiench, Engineer
Chass Perkins, Engineer Eric Fowell, Engineer
Jerry Pospisil, Engineer Jay Jarrett, Engineer
Kris Whitaker, Engineer Darin Hirose, Engineer
Nolan Eggen, FF1C David Bleskin, FF1C
Mike McIntosh, FF1C Jay Kromarek, FF1C
Ben Zietzke, FF1C Bryan Painter, FF1C
Trevor Johnson, FF1C Ryan Downard, FF1C
Adam Marsh, FF1C Jeremy Virts, FF1C
Joshua Kulbeck, Firefigher Devon Hagen, Firefighter

 

2009 Medical Retirements:

Captain Charles Butler & Captain Dave Holder