Titusville Fire Chief Michael Wooward Releases Department’s 2017 Annual Report
By Michael Woodward, Titusville Fire Chief // April 7, 2018
crews responded to almost 10,000 calls for service
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – It gives me great pleasure to once again present our department’s Annual Report for the calendar year 2017.
This comprehensive report provides an overview of our department’s activities and resulting statistical data from 2017 as well as from prior years.
The annual report also gives a snapshot of the many services we provide within both the emergency and non-emergency settings, along with highlighting our community outreach programs which help to educate our public about the importance of fire, life safety and injury prevention.
All of the data that is compiled in this report is analyzed continuously throughout the year to improve our processes and enhance our service delivery to the community we serve. 2017 was a very productive and yet historic year for Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, to say the least.
One of the greatest accomplishments recognized during 2017 was the award of the Federal SAFER Grant, which in turn afforded us federal funding to increase our staffing levels for the first time in over 30 years.
Totaling almost $1.5 million, the SAFER (Staffing for Fire and Emergency Response) Grant was awarded to the City of Titusville to hire nine additional firefighters with a 75 percent federal funding of salaries and benefits for the new firefighters in years 1 and 2 and a 35 percent funding assistance in year 3.
The city is responsible for the remaining match portion of the salaries and benefits through the 3-year performance period and 100 percent beyond year three.
The grant is designed to help communities increase their fire department staffing levels to be more in compliant with federal staffing and response standards.
The more compliant we can be with national standards, the safer and more efficient our service can be not only for the community we serve but also for the firefighters.
From our combat crews responding to almost 10,000 calls for service, to our prevention division inspecting over 1500 commercial occupancies, completing numerous plan reviews for new developments and our Public Education division conducting numerous public education events reaching all ages of citizens within our community, we continually strive to provide the best service possible to our citizens and visitors alike.
As we work through 2018, I am confident that all of the men and women of the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department from combat to administration are up to the challenges we face within our community today and moving into the future.
With the passion, hard work and dedication of all members of our department, I look forward to continuously improving the outstanding service our department has provided to the citizens of Titusville for the past 103 years.
Thanks and stay safe
– Michael Woodward
Below is the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department 2017 Annual Report.
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