Middletown Division of Fire – 2018

The 2018 City budget was presented to City Council in October and will be up for passage after a first reading at the November 7th meeting and a second reading and passage on November 21st.

During 2017, the Middletown Division of Fire conducted a Strategic Planning Study to chart their operational course for the future.  Our fire stations are older and not ideally placed, and some newer technology and other best practices are not always available in our current operating configuration.

With the Planning Study completed, we will be undertaking several new initiatives in the Division of Fire in 2018.  We will undertake a fire station location study that incorporates expected growth on the east end and then identifies where our fire stations would be ideally located to provide the best possible service to the residents and businesses in Middletown.  It will include not only location, but also the best mix of fire engines, ambulances, and auxiliary equipment to most quickly respond to any emergency situation.

With that in mind, we will also be looking at a staffing recommendation for each station and overall staffing in the Division of  Fire.  If we can identify the best practices, we can start the discussion of how we pay for smart additions to fire without further taxing our residents.

Finally, we will be reorganizing some of our fire operations in 2018 to better work on preventative services.   We will be promoting three firemen to Administrative Lieutenants.

The first Lieutenant will assist EMS Captain VonBargen in EMS and training operations, allowing Captain VonBargen to start work on a Community Paramedicine Program for the City of Middletown.

Community Paramedicine is a model of community-based health care in which paramedics function outside their customary emergency response and transport roles in ways that facilitate more appropriate use of emergency care resources and enhance access to primary care for medically underserved populations. Urban areas like Middletown typically utilize community paramedic programs to address the various health care, mental health, housing and social service needs of a discrete group of frequent ER users, with the goal of keeping them out of the emergency services system.

This Lieutenant’s Job Responsibilities will include:

  • Infection Control Officer – manage the infection control program for the Division of Fire in compliance with NFPA 1581 guidelines
  • Inventory, evaluate, and upgrade EMS supplies and equipment
  • Administer CPR & First Aid Training for other city departments as needed
  • Manage EMT/Paramedic Student Clinical Ride-A-Long Program
  • Coordinate the EMS Quality Improvement Program
  • Coordinate mock prom crash events with the Safety Council and area high schools
  • Instruct continuing education training for the Division of Fire
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the of a Community Paramedicine Program

The second Lieutenant will assist Fire Operations Captain Ludwig and focus on our Special Operation responses.  This Lieutenant’s duties will include:

  • Assist in the management of all firefighting supplies, equipment, maintenance, repair and ordering
  • Assist in the management of all fire gear, PPE inspection, maintenance, and ordering
  • Instruct fire continuing education training for the Division of Fire
  • Coordinate all aspects of the Knox Box Program
  • Assist with the management of Special Operations Teams of the Division of Fire
  • Assist in the management of all aspects of the Division of Fire’s Inspection and Pre-plan Program
  • Coordinate the Fire Operations Quality Improvement Program

The third Lieutenant will focus on developing a Community Risk Reduction program to reduce Fire and EMS calls For Service;  and work on enforcement of the city’s nuisance ordinance within the boundaries of the Fire Code and other assistance to city departments for such.  This Lieutenant’s duties will include:

  • Develop and coordinate a Community Risk Reduction program to reduce Fire and EMS calls for service through education, awareness, appropriate dispatch triage and other means
  • Develop community events and activities for National Fire Prevention Week
  • Instruct continuing education training for the Division of Fire
  • Provide relief of tour personnel as needed during mandatory and in-service training activities
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the City’s Community Disaster Program
  • Assist with the management of hose testing, hydrant testing, ground ladder testing, and aerial ladder testing
  • Assist with the management of the Division of Fire’s smoke detector program as available

Your Division of Fire is reinventing itself for the 21st Century to be where you need us when you need us in the quickest and most thorough ways possible.  I’d like to congratulate Chief Lolli and Assistant Chief Snively for taking the lead in planning for our future.

Good stuff from the Middletown Division of Fire.  You should be proud of their dedication to your safety.  I am.

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