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For more information on the West Valley Fire Department and to view our current Strategic Plan go to www.westvalleyfire.com
About us:
Our Mission: The West Valley Fire Department is dedicated to the preservation of life then property through education, prevention, emergency services and disaster preparedness.
Our Vision: The West Valley Fire Department will continue to be a leader in the community providing fire and life safety utilizing the most efficient staffing model to accomplish the Mission.
The assessed value of the 90 square mile West Valley Fire District is just under $1.6 billion and has a population of around 15,000 people.
West Valley Fire Department receives approximately 950 - 911 service calls annually, 70% of those calls are EMS related, 12% fire, 8% citizen assists, 8% false alarms or false calls for outdoor burns and 2% hazardous conditions (power problems, hazardous materials).  
The Departments staffing consists of 3.5 Administrative positions (Chief, Deputy Chief, Finance Officer and Secretary), 4 full time Operational positions (Lieutenant and 3 Firefighters), 74 paid on call Members (63 fire operations and 11 support).  Monday through Friday 6am-6pm a minimum of one crew is staffed in District, after 6pm on weeknights and all weekends staffing is on-call response from home to the station for emergencies.  A Duty Chief position is staffed for response to major incidents 24/7/365.

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* 1. What best describes your affiliation with the West Valley Fire Department?

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 4. Through Strategic Planning we have identified three long range goals for the District:

Remain an on-call fire department with full-time support for the foreseeable future.

Remain a stand-alone fire district, no mergers or regional fire authorities so long as we can meet our Mission on our own.

Measure our capabilities against a Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau 5 ranking, NFPA 1720 and review accreditation process.

Do you agree with these goals?

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* 5. Our Strategic Plan calls for 4 priorities, for the priorities please rank them by level of importance to you with 1 being your highest priority.

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* 6. Rank the following fire department capabilities by what is most important to you with 1 being highest.

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* 7. Please rank the following list from your highest priority to your lowest

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* 8. The West Valley Fire Department has a goal of arriving on scene of an emergency incident 70% of the time within 1 mile of the fire station in 8 minutes or less, adding 2 minutes per additional mile.  Do you think this response time goal is appropriate for our Community?

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* 9. What do you think is an appropriate response time goal and do you have any suggestions on how we can meet your expectation?

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* 10. The Fire District budget is limited to a 1% annual increase by law, our current budget is $1,767,007 with a tax rate of $1.12/$1000 of assessed property value, as inflation continues to rise, IF the fire department was forced to cut services due to budget constraints, please rank what service you would cut first starting with #1

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* 11. Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau (https://www1.wsrb.com/resources/public-protection) rates all fire departments in the State on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the most capable.  The rating is based on available water supply (hydrants, water tenders, flow), fire department capability (apparatus, equipment, manpower, training), fire safety control (codes, inspections, prevention) and emergency communications (911 system, dispatch, radios). 
West Valley Fire District uses the ratings as a measurement of our capabilities and is currently rated a 4.  Our goal is to maintain our capabilities at a level 5 or better. 
For background Seattle just became the first ever 1 in the state, Yakima city is a 3, Selah city a 5, Selah district a 7, East Valley district a 6. 
Do you think our goal of maintaining a five or better rating is appropriate?  If not, what should our goal be?

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* 12. Please list your top expectation of the West Valley Fire Department

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* 13. West Valley Fire District has been leasing space to a private ambulance company in District, this ambulance is basic life support (BLS) and is only stationed in West Valley not dedicated to West Valley.  If Yakima County doesn’t award a sole source ambulance contract do you think West Valley Fire District should use tax dollars to pay for a dedicated ambulance in District?

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* 14. In a few words, please share any additional thoughts or comments you have regarding the West Valley Fire Department, its Members or the service it provides.

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* 15. If you would like to be a member of our Strategic Planning Committee please leave your contact information.

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