Fire Rescue Top 10 Wins

  1. New Strategic Plan: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue created a new 2018–2022 strategic plan with a priority of department wide inclusion. This plan created new mission, vision, and value statements for the department to better align with new leadership and membership input. This plan identified goals and priorities to help focus the department’s actions moving forward including: 
    1. Foster an inclusive culture in all we do • Enhance community risk reduction
    2. Promote health and safety
    3. Sustain emergency response and prepare for community needs
    4. Provide professional development for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue’s members
    5. Maximize efficiencies through leveraging technology to meet expectations
  2. Verified Responder Deployment Through PulsePoint: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was selected to be part of a pilot program to enhance the lifesaving PulsePoint application in our community by utilizing off-duty professional firefighters, technology, and defibrillators to enhance survivability during a cardiac event in both public and private locations. In partnership with the Sioux Falls Firefighters Association, PulsePoint, and Philips Healthcare, which supplied each verified responder with an AED, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is part of a cutting-edge program that will enhance further improvements and deployment of technologies for communities.
  3. Fully Electronic Automated Inspection Process: Fire Prevention implemented a completely electronic inspection process across all inspection activities through EnerGov software . Engine company surveys and business inspections are completed electronically, and the information gathered is filtered through multiple City departments, decreasing the need for duplicated efforts. This fully automates the preparation process leading into the 2018 inspections. All violation follow-up and citations were automated, reducing the processing time from several months down to a few days.
  4. Emergency Medical Services Protocols, Medical Skills, and Device Enhancements: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue revised selected protocols and added additional medical skills and devices to its scope of practice. Along with the Sioux Falls Police Department and Paramedics Plus ambulance, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue implemented Pit Crew CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) to improve its efficiencies and effectiveness of CPR during a sudden cardiac arrest. Additional medical skills and devices included the addition of i gel® supraglottic airways, Epinephrine Auto-Injectors to reverse the symptoms of an allergic reaction, and the administration of Naloxone (Narcan™) to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
  5. Implementation of New Fire and EMS Reporting Software: Implementation of the Zoll Fire and EMS record management system software allows Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to more accurately and efficiently document and complete EMS and fire incident/investigation reports. The implementation will improve the ability to analyze key data points and build risk analysis across the city.
  6. #WeAreSFFR: In 2017, increased awareness, marketing, and branding of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue occurred through social media and the #WeAreSFFR hashtag. Numerous public safety messages delivered throughout the year improved life safety issues and showcased a number of services we provide through training, education, and prevention.
  7. Internal Monthly Newsletter: Continuing with the We Are SFFR theme, the department created an internal monthly newsletter for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue members, families, and retirees. This highlights the “wins” from each month and informs members of the great things all Sioux Falls Fire Rescue members are doing that go above and beyond. It is a chance to pull the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue members together once a month and celebrate successes within the organization such as promotions, new hires, thank-you notes, events, awards, birthdays, births, and any other significant events that impact the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue family.
  8. Health and Safety Program Improvements: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has seen several improvements in our Health and Safety Program. Peer Wellness Coaches are now providing annual fitness assessments to all of our members, saving money previously spent on an outside vendor and creating great ownership in the delivery. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is making great strides in developing relationships with the diverse populations in our community, providing fire safety information, advice, and encouragement on how to become a firefighter and answering general questions. The Peer Support Team is up and running, providing emotional well-being support to members on issues such as post-incident stress and all other stressors triggered by work and life. Personal protective equipment policy changes also help reduce the exposure to health risks during and after a fire.
  9. Cadet Academy: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue delivered a successful Cadet Academy, graduating seven cadets to join the team . The Cadet Academy consists of an intense 14 weeks of physical training, academic learning, skills validation, and knowledge application on topics including firefighting, EMS, USAR, hazmat, wildland, and child safety seat installation. The logistics of a successful delivery encompass the Training Center staff, EMS staff, Human Resources, Police, Peer Wellness Coaches, specialty instructors, chief officers, and several crews and trucks from shift.
  10. Collaborative Efforts With Financial Analyst: 2017 brought continued and improved collaboration between Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and our Financial Analyst . The Financial Analyst was involved and sought complete understanding of our operation and financial needs in areas such as wildland deployments, equipment purchases, grant funding, software purchase and implementation, third-party validation studies, personnel costs, and budget preparation for operations, OCEP, and CIP. Through this collaboration, solid financial decisions could be made, offering greater efficiency.