February Board of Directors Meeting Summary
The Board of Directors met on February 13 at Glendale City Hall. The Board reviewed and discussed the conceptual plans and costs for remodeling Station 84 in Whitefish Bay. The Board requested to schedule a special meeting for February 26 to take action on the remodeling plans. More information on the specific plans will be released shortly.
The project at Station 83 in Shorewood is still being discussed.
The Chief presented the 2018 Department Strategic Plan and discussed the goals included in the Plan. Board members asked several questions about the CAD to CAD Interface and the frequency of lift assist calls. The Chief also presented the 2017 End of Year Performance Metrics. Total calls for service were down 4% from 2016 while response times stayed generally the same as in 2016. A significant contributor to the reduction in 2017 calls for service was due to a 28% reduction in mutual aid responses. The Department experienced a 9% increase in cardiac arrest patients that had a return of circulation during resuscitation efforts. Chief Whitaker reported to the Board that strengthening the chain of survival beginning with bystander CPR, providing CPR instructions to 911 callers, an ongoing, consistent training program for providers and improved quality assurance methods all likely contribute to this increase. In 2018, one of the Department's Strategic Objectives is to increase the number of incidents where bystanders are performing CPR and applying automated external defibrillators upon EMS arrival as a means to improve cardiac arrest survival rates again.
The Board also reviewed the January Financial Report with the Finance Director and heard a report from the Fire Commission Chairperson on recent Fire Commission activity.