Fire Stations 50 and 51 opened on the South and North sides of town, respectively. Fire Station 50 was operating out of a temporary building for several years before their permanent building took shape and Fire Station 51 opened as home to the second Technical Rescue Team serving the city.
The replacements for Fire Stations 1 and 19 moved firefighters from old, small spaces into modern buildings designed to grow with the community. Fire Station 1 also added the Fire Operations Center, allowing fire and EMS shift commanders to work out of the same space.
Many initiatives introduced in 2010 saw their first full year and exceeded my expectations. The Computer Aided Dispatch system that took countless hours to install and troubleshoot managed to reduce fire and EMS response times within months of going live.
The Wellness Center also saw every firefighter and paramedic travel through its doors to participate in the Wellness Program. Annual health screenings, nutritionist consultations and expanded work-out facilities are all doing their job to ensure the continued health of our first responders.
The future continues to look bright for our citizens and our firefighters. At the close of 2011, I am proud to share this review of what we accomplished and excited for the next steps we have planned for our city.