City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190167
Placed on File
Feb 9, 2012 7:00 PM

Submitting the City's Evaluation and Strategic Plan for the Fire Dept.

Information

Department:Mayor’s OfficeSponsors:
Category:Mayor's CommunicationPurposes:Communication

Official Text

To the Honorable Board:

 

I respectfully request to present to the Honorable Board the Evaluation and Strategic Plan for the City of Somerville Fire Department, conducted by the Matrix Consulting Group.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Joseph Curtatone

Mayor

Meeting History

Sep 23, 2010 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Mar 21, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 11, 2011 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Chief Kelleher gave an overview of the Fire Department Study conducted by the Matrix Consulting Group in 2010. The consultant examined various areas of the Fire Department, including management documents, Fire Alarm staffing, vehicle maintenance, an Assistant Fire Chief position, office space, capital improvements, management analyst’s position, training, performance measurement, staff meetings, policies and procedures, and made recommendations, ranked by need, where applicable. The primary findings included deficiencies in the department’s current policies, planning abilities and performance measurement.

The report also highlighted the department’s positive aspects, among them, the excellent level of service provided to the city, having an appropriate number of Chiefs and having extensive coverage of the city.

Since the report was presented to the city, the Fire Department has taken steps to address areas in need of improvement, such as improving the accuracy of record keeping and expanding training and will work on developing a long range plan, establishing performance tracking indicators.

Alderman Connolly requested that the Administration work with the Fire Department’s Chiefs to develop specific responses to physical conditioning and training. The committee requested a report of the number of false alarms turned in from the city’s fire alarm call boxes, broken down by month. The committee also requested that an update on this matter be provided by the end of this year.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Feb 6, 2012 6:30 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

The committee reviewed the study with the appropriate personnel and has completed its deliberations on the matter.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Feb 9, 2012 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:PLACED ON FILE