Fire District Seeks Citizen Input
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North Metro Fire Rescue District is looking for community members to share thoughts and help develop a five-year strategic plan.
District spokeswoman Sara Farris said officials are hoping to sign up 15 to 20 people, including residents, property owners and business owners, who would be asked to attend three evening meetings.
“We’ll do a little bit of education about the fire district before we get to the strategic planning,” she said.
Dates for those meetings, which will be in February, are still being determined. Each weeknight meeting is expected to be three hours.
Farris said the goal is to get a diverse group from Broomfield and Northglenn to help develop the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.
“It is our desire to align the goals of the fire district with the needs and expectations of the community we serve,” North Metro Fire Chief Dave Ramos said. “The best way for us to do that is by listening to our community. We are looking for individuals across Broomfield and Northglenn to provide us with input as we determine the direction of North Metro Fire over the next five years.”
North Metro Fire currently is finishing its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan cycle, which supported growth in several areas of the district. That process involved focus groups with 30 members of the community and additional sessions with employees.
In the coming months, district leaders will incorporate community input, employee input and evaluate historical data and trends to determine the future path of the fire district.
Those wishing to participate in the strategic planning process should fill out an application online at nmfr.org/2019plan or request a copy to submit via mail by calling 303-452-9910.
All applications should be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 4.
Those mailing in applications should address them to Sara Farris, Attn: Citizen Task Force, 101 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020.
The district’s Board of Directors will select participants from the pool of applicants and ensure the Citizen Task Force represents the community and geographic area North Metro Fire serves. Those selected to participate on the Citizen Task Force will be notified by the end of January.
North Metro Fire was formed in 1946 and now covers 63 square miles with a population of approximately 117,000 people including the City and County of Broomfield, the City of Northglenn and unincorporated areas of Boulder, Adams, Weld and Jefferson Counties.
“The main thing is when we set our goals we want to continue to build a fire department that meets the expectations of our community,” Farris said. “I think that’s why it’s important to get the input — to make sure our fire district is representative of the community.”
The last strategic plan had goals that included enhancing customer service and life safety education, maximizing emergency response effectiveness, recruitment, and retaining a strong workforce to improve organizational efficiencies and sustainability.
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