The past year was demanding for the fire service in California and the Visalia Fire Department played its part in protecting both life and property.
"In addition to our everyday work here, we had our wildland team members out on multiple fires and often for up to 14 days at a time," shared Doug McBee, City of Visalia Fire Chief. "Our crews at home worked the required extra hours to make coverage possible and the State Wide Mutual Aid system was taxed to meet the resources necessary to combat this fire season."
Total calls for service came in at 15,301 an increase from 2016's 14,283. The month of December received the most calls, totaling 1,404 calls for service.
The Department's average response time to fire calls was five minutes and thirty seconds, with Emergency Medical Services calls average response time clocking in at five minutes and 11 seconds.
The report outlines not just facts and figures, but shares the completion of the Visalia Emergency Communication Center (VECC), a state of the art Communication Center that was built to Essential Building Standards.
Approximately 19,000 square feet, the VECC is home to Visalia Police and Fire Dispatch, Traffic Monitoring, Information Services, the Emergency Operations Center and Fire Administration. Its grand opening was in September on a Temporary Conditional Occupancy and achieved a full Certificate of Occupancy in November. It is a great addition for public safety needs today and into the future.
"The men and women of the VFD are committed to our community and give the absolute best service possible to customers and citizens on a daily basis," shared McBee. "This organization truly lives by its Mission Statement, “Dedicated to protecting all through Excellent Service."
View the 2017 Visalia Fire Department Annual report here.