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Regional Fire Authority. West Skagit Regional?. Cooperative Efforts. West Skagit Fire Chiefs Monthly Mutual Aid Agreements Backup Dispatching System Adopted Regional Passport Accountability Joint Training Opportunities Exploratory Committee – Summer 2011.

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Regional fire authority

Regional Fire Authority

West Skagit Regional?


Cooperative efforts

Cooperative Efforts

  • West Skagit Fire Chiefs Monthly

  • Mutual Aid Agreements

  • Backup Dispatching System

  • Adopted Regional Passport Accountability

  • Joint Training Opportunities

  • Exploratory Committee – Summer 2011


Exploratory committee october 2011

Exploratory CommitteeOctober 2011

  • Fire District #17

    • Commissioner Chip Bogosian

    • Chief Mike Stamper

  • City of LaConner

    • City Administrator John Doyle

    • Chief Dan Taylor

  • City of Anacortes

    • Councilor Brad Adams

    • Chief Curtis

  • Fire District #13

    • Rotation of 3 Fire Commissioners

    • Chief Roy Horn

  • Fire District #11

    • Observers – Commissioner Tom Walsh


Exploratory committee process

Determine

Meeting Time,

Frequency & Location

Review

Processes

Around the State

#1

Report Findings

To each Governing

Body

Review

Each

Organization

#6

#4

Determine

Who might

Proceed to

RFA

Committee

Compare/Contrast

Benefits

#5

Exploratory Committee Process

Each Governing Body Decides Whether to Engage in a RFA Planning Committee

#2

#7

#3


Exploratory committee review other agencies

Exploratory CommitteeReview Other Agencies

  • Riverside Regional Fire Authority

    • City of Centralia & Lewis County Fire Dist. #12

      • 184 square Miles

      • 8 Fire Stations

      • 26,000 Residents

      • (Chehalis + 2 Fire Dist’s)

  • South Whatcom Regional Fire Authority

    • Fire Districts # 2, 6, 9, 10

      • 38 Square Miles

      • 6 Fire Stations

      • 12,672 Residents


Review each organization

Service Boundaries

Area

Demographics

Target Hazards

Services Levels Provided

Fire Protection

EMS

Hazardous Materials

Wildland Firefighting

Ship Land based Firefighting

Specialized Rescue

Public Education

Code Enforcement

Organizational

Structure

Unity of Command

Chain of Command

Financial

Expenditure/Revenue

Reserve Funds

Indebtedness

Contracts

Capital Expenditures

Support Services

Information Technology

Human Resources

Legal

Building Services

Vehicle and Equip Services

Training Programs

Administration

Emerging Issues

Increasing call volume

Increasing Demands

Decreased Volunteerism

Review Each Organization


Emerging issues

Emerging Issues

  • Reduced Revenues

  • Increasing Call Volume

  • Decreasing Volunteerism

  • Increasing Demand for Services

  • Changes in County EMS System

  • Keeping Pace App Replacement

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What we learned

What We Learned

  • May Be Duplicating Efforts

    • Facilities

    • Equipment

    • Separate Training Programs

    • Separate Administrative Effort

    • Preliminary Financial is Feasible

    • Recommending Formal Planning Committee


Optimized response times by existing fire stations

Optimized Response Times By Existing Fire Stations


Optimized response zones

Optimized Response Zones


Service demographics

SERVICE DEMOGRAPHICS

Fire

District #13

Town of LaConner

City of Anacortes

  • Pop 7,072

  • Density 164

  • 43 Miles

  • Call Vol. 795

  • 43 Members

  • 3 Stations

  • 4 Engines

  • 1 Ladder

  • 3 BLS Units

  • Pop 891

  • Density 1746

  • .6 Miles

  • Call Vol. 241

  • 8 Members

  • 1 Station

  • 1 Engine

  • 1 BLS Unit

  • Pop 15,778

  • Density 1236

  • 14 Miles

  • Call Vol. 2800

  • 31 Members

  • 3 Stations

  • 4 Engines

  • 1 Ladder

  • 4 ALS Units


Consolidation processes

Consolidation Processes

  • Inter-local Agreements-RCW 39.34 (1967)

    • City with City, City with Fire District, Fire Districts

  • Mergers-RCW 52.06 (1947)

    • Fire District to Fire District

  • Annexations-RCW 52.04 (1941)

    • Fire District to City, City to Fire District, Fire Districts.

  • Regional Fire Authority-RCW 52.26 (2004)

    • Encompass All configurations

  • Conducted Survey

    • Washington Fire Chiefs Association

    • 670 FD’s


1 st method toward consolidation

1st Method toward Consolidation


How many steps before consolidation

How Many Steps Before Consolidation?


Type of entity consolidating

Type of Entity Consolidating


Reasons for consolidation

Reasons For Consolidation?


Consolidation costs

Consolidation Costs?


Reduced or improved service

Reduced or Improved Service?


Successful rfa agencies

Successful RFA Agencies

  • Valley Regional Fire Authority (2007)

    • Cities of Algona, Auburn, and Pacific

  • North Regional Fire Authority (2007)

    • Snohomish Districts #14, #18.

  • Riverside Fire Authority (2007)

    • City of Centralia, Lewis County #12

  • West Thurston RFA (2009)

    • Littlerock Fire Rescue, Thurston County #11, #1

  • South Whatcom Fire Authority (2009)

    • Fire Districts #2, #6, #9 and #10

  • Kent Regional Fire Authority (2010)

    • City of Kent, King County #37, City of Covington

  • South East Thurston RFA (2010)

    • City of Yelm, Thurston County #2, #4


Agencies under consideration

Agencies Under Consideration

  • City of Bremerton, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, and South Kitsap Fire and Rescue (Port Orchard annexed)

  • City of Port Angeles and Clallam County #2

  • Wenatchee, Chelan County FPD No. 1, and Douglas County FPD No. 2

  • Issaquah and North Bend, and King County Fire Districts No. 10 (Carnation annexed), No. 27, No. 38, No. 45 (Duvall annexed), and No. 51.

  • Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Town of Woodway and representatives of Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Shoreline Fire Department.


Rfa planning process 2 years

RFA Planning Process 2 Years

  • Develop a Regional Planning Committee

    • Three Elected Officials each Jurisdiction

  • Draft Regional Plan

    • Governance, Level of Service, Financing, Support services, Transfer of obligations and assets.

  • Each Elected Jurisdiction Votes on the plan

    • Approval from Majority of Council or Commissioners

  • Take it before the voters

    • Simple Majority, or 60% depending on funding proposal.

  • If Approved, the new entity exists as of next Jan or July


Regional fire authority plan

Regional Fire Authority Plan

  • Define Jurisdictional Boundaries

  • Determine Funding Options

    • Regular Property Tax

      • (West Thurston and Riverside, Kent Regional, Valley Regional, and others)

    • Benefit Charge

      • (Kent Regional, Valley Regional)

      • Fire Benefit Charge

        • Sq Ft * Cat. Fact *Cost Per Gallon * Bal Fact. * Discounts

  • Governance

    • Riverside

      • (3 Commissioners + 3 Council Members-Rotate Chair)

    • West Thurston

      • (2 District each district + 1 At Large)

    • Valley Regional

      • (Mayor + 2 Council from each Jurisdiction)

    • Kent Regional

      • (3 Kent Council, 3 Commissioners, 1 Covington Council)


Regional fire authority plan cont

Regional Fire Authority Plan Cont…

  • Organizational Structure

    • Chain of Command, Staffing levels and Staffing types

  • Administrative, Management, Personnel

    • Human Resources, Legal, Disposition of Leoff I Obligations, Insurance, Accounts Payable, Payroll, etc..

    • Transfer of Assets, and Debts.

  • Operations and Service Level Delivery

    • Determination of Level of Service.

    • Distribution/Concentration of Resources


Benefits

Benefits

  • Coordinated Service Delivery

  • Potential Scale of Economy

    • Savings derived over time

  • Level of Service likely be improved

  • Fire protection and EMS delivery system developed regionally, rather than area by area.


Next steps

Next Steps…

  • Approve Resolution to participate in the Regional Planning Committee Process

  • Questions/Comments?

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