FIRE DEPARTMENT: IMPROVED PREVENTION AND OUTREACH EFFORTS
The Department did not meet the majority of its prevention and outreach goals in FY99.
Improve prevention outreach and inspection functions by focusing on and targeting high fire activity areas, by expanding the smoke detector distribution program, and by setting and enforcing realistic goals.
All Departmental operations
Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated
Estimated Implementation Costs:
Barriers to Implementation:
Each division should be required to establish meaningful performance measures and to establish realistic goals with identified measurable targets.
Several of the performance goals listed in the Fire Department’s FY99 Performance Measurement Summary were not met. The variances for measures dealing specifically with prevention were significant:
|Inspections (by suppression)||22,601||8,836||(13,765)|
|Number of Smoke Detectors Distributed||16,981||11,509||(5,472)|
|Fire Safety Programs to Schools & Communities||30,448||28,379||(2,109)|
|Inspections (by Fire Loss Mgmt.)||22,765||18,445||(4,320)|
Accountability must be established with predetermined consequences in the event that these targets are not reached. Failure to meet performance measures should not be tolerated. Accountability should flow through the chain-of-command and the para-military nature of the Department’s command structure should be used to its best advantage to increase productivity.