Emergency Services Department
The adhoc committee for Emergency Services (ESAC) has had a few meetings. From the first meeting, we have been proactive in speaking with a variety of experts in public safety, city planning, ISO/risk mitigation, fire chiefs, fire marshals and many more to come.
To create a good plan. We need to do our part in getting the facts and gathering information to be able to access our options. Realistic options for our rural area. After reviewing the comprehensive plan and learning recently from the State of the City Address regarding the appraisal value of the City Hall which was $800,000. It took $2.125 million to build, putting us into long-term debt at over 3 million.
I am more and more certain that how that came about that we are so doing the right approach for a feasibility study to be conducted. This is the type of leadership that any city needs to be doing. In moving forward, I am keeping to my promise that whatever the outcome is from the proposals that come in to what our committee recommendations are to the City Council. I want to encourage Citizens how it would be substantially important to have MC Citizens come to the future townhall meeting when we present a plan. We will do our best to reach out to the Citizens in a variety of ways so that it won’t be missed.
VARIETY OF MODELS
Ultimately, this feasibility study will lead to viable options that we will be able to administer not just for today, but to grow with. One thing to note is this. There is not just one way of building a department. There are different models. I come from the City of Houston area and lived near industrial plants. So you can imagine how big those departments are. I grew up being around a variety of emergencies, toxic chemical spills, floods, hurricanes and weathered through an abnormal amount of storms. Avid listener to all sorts of heroic stories from relatives that fought fires locally and beyond our state. I have dear friends who are fire fighters that are amazing courageous men. I also know personally friends/family who have experienced the loss of their homes in a fire to those who needed medical attention. My hometown blew up on April 16, 1947 from an industrial accident so “handling” emergencies is a big deal. We can have all the plans in place, guaranteed response time, but if we do not have the education or know how to respond a life or many lives could be effected. Just having a fire department in a city didn’t prevent the Texas City explosion. On scene on that dreadful day, they rolled out in their brand new apparatus. When the second explosion happened I don’t believe any of those fire fighters survived. Those precious seconds the moment that emergency begins is so critical on how to respond. I believe that even though I may have previously lived in a much larger dense population to have those types of services or lived nearby a highly industrial area that it doesn’t mean that those models would work for MC.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH: BASIC LIFE SAVING WORKSHOPS
Learning from history and listening to amazing professionals of their passion in educating their community. Such as having working smoke detectors, how to operate an AED, learning how to do CPR and how to stop the bleeding. The time between our first responders arrive on the scene may seem like an eternity. So I can’t stress enough the value that these men and women who come to answer our calls that when they give us an opportunity to learn until help arrives or prevention tips, let’s do our part in participate. Please look forward to community outreaches to empower us how to act quickly and help save a life.
LEADING WITH THE COMMUNITY IN MIND
Our rural community’s vision will be incorporated in the overall design and development to meet the needs and current demands of service. Many city leaders are usually too late in recognizing this and get caught up in the design process instead of doing the due diligence of the planning process. (For example, our City Hall.) I am certain that many would want to have the opportunity to learn all the information needed to determine whether or not they want to support the future plan. The design of the building exterior is just one aspect. In frequent visits to the City Hall for various reasons, there are moments of looking out into the horizon and I think about where do we go from here? I’m consciously thinking about how do we get the most out of our construction dollars? How can we incorporate energy-saving technology to operating efficiently from our budget to deployment of services?
PARTNERING WITH PUBLIC SAFETY PROFESSIONALS
Successful planning will require us to understand and anticipate the needs of the community. However, this department that will be serving is more than likely to be designed so that it will best serve those who will be wearing a uniform. We need to remember that even though I’m not personally wearing a uniform to do the actual public service taking into account that what may be an added cost may actually be a benefit. So I’m confident in knowing that in partnering with service professionals that they would be able to collaborate with us along the way from presentation to facilitating. Their experience and knowledge is so much appreciated in these beginning stages.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
This week, we will be publishing our statement of work with a packet for consultants to bid for a proposal. The adhoc committee will be reviewing all proposals submitted. At the moment our budget is for $5,000 that includes compensation for third party consultants, supplies and/or other items needed to present a presentation at a townhall meeting.
For those who may have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email at email@example.com OR come to a coffee chat. The next one will be on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 7am to 10am.