Williston Fire Department END OF YEAR REPORT 2018

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Williston Fire Department 2018

Williston Fire Department CHIEF’S MESSAGE

The Williston Fire Department (WFD) continues to provide the highest level of professional service to the pub- lic by protecting lives, property, and the environment and providing life saving community education. Daily our Firefighters, EMT’s, Paramedic’s and Volunteers respond in hope to make our community safer. In our ever changing environment as a team we look at the necessary evolution of our service which enables us to effectively meet our community’s needs. As our city continues to grow, our responsibility to provide the high- est level of care and first-class service remained constant. As you will see in the report the training hours, certi- fications, and awards show just a small fraction of what your fire department team strives to do day in and day out. 2018 brought many challenges. The department faced a continual rise in call volume and saw many significant incidents throughout the year. Even with this increase in incidents your fire department continued to respond with the utmost professionalism and tackled every challenge with a can do attitude. The devotion and commit- ment of the men and women that serve lead to a very successful year. As the city continues to change, our department and our service will continue to adapt to effectively meet the challenges and demands of our community. We will continue to work to reduce response times, train, and plan to respond and successfully manage both man-made and natural disasters. Our teams are prepared, and have acquired the latest technologies and training to protect our citizens from the unthinkable occurrences that our community could potentially endure. I am honored to present the 2018 annual report which illustrates our commitment to the citizens of our com- munity.

Fire Chief

Jason L. Catrambone

Williston Fire Department 2018

Williston Fire Department CALL VOLUME







Williston Fire Department EMS CALLS FOR SERVICE


In 2018, EMS and Fire crews answered over 2,900 calls. Staff of the Williston Fire Department have dedicated much time and effort to providing the best care possible for each citizen they are called to serve. We are proud to announce that in 2018, we were recognized as a Pediatric Prepared Ambulance Service by North Dakota Emergency Medical Ser- vices for Children. This designation is a reflection of our continued commitment to remaining pre- pared to serve patients of all ages. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the Williston area and we look forward to continued growth in 2019!

Transfers – 789

Trauma – 393

Psychiatric – 175

Cardiac – 179

Overdose – 118

Respiratory Illness— 191

Williston Fire Department FIRE CALLS FOR SERVICE


Alarm [Smoke, Carbon, Sprinkler etc.] – 356

Motor Vehicle Collision – 304

Fire [Building, Storage, Outside, Vehicle etc.] – 114

Good Intent Call [Smoke, Investigation, Malfunction etc.] – 150

Service Call [Leaks, Electrical, Wires etc.] – 115

Hazardous Condition [Chemical, Oil, Toxins etc.] – 75

Special Incident Type [S.O.R.T., Standby etc.] – 68

Overpressure [Rupture, Explosion, Overheat etc.] - 3

Williston Fire Department FIRE/EMS CALLS FOR SERVICE

Williston Fire Department 2018

Williston Fire Department TRAINING DIVISION


Fire & Rescue: 8633 hours Classes Taught: 3299

Instructor Hours: 2305 hours



Firefighter I


Firefighter II


Fire Instructor I


Fire Officer I


Fire Inspector I


Fire Instructor II


Fire Officer II


Fire Inspector II


Fire Instructor III


Fire Officer III


Ice Rescue


Incident Safety Officer


Williston Driver Operator


COLS 123


Airport Firefighter 2

Ropes I and II




Hazmat Tech


Hazmat IC


Hazmat Spec


Plans Review


Fire Investigator


NIMS 300/400


Managing Officer Program FEMA Acceptance


Executive Fire Officer Program FEMA Acceptance 1

Associates Degree


Williston Fire Department TRAINING DIVISION

Williston Fire Department TRAINING DIVISION



Abdul Jabbar Jessica Patterson Andrew Isaacs Paul Monzon Chris Dick Andre Martoni Chris James Sarah Stafford Erica Myers Brittany Anderson

Ryan Miller Clint Bates Josh Banks Jake Byman Chris Gillies (3rd Award) Anthony Verespe

Law Enforcement Officer Pelzl Officer Mahlum Sgt. Hendricks Officer Weicht Officer Olson

Williston Fire Department 2018

Williston Fire Department Office of Prevention and Investigation

Quick Stats Inspections: 972 Plan Reviews: 48 Fire Pre-Plans: 121 Fire Investigations: 28 Registered Tier 2 / Bulk Storage Sites: 99 Pub. Ed. Hours: 420+ Classroom Visits: 28hrs

Foreword from the Fire Marshal

During 2018 the department continues to work through Step 4 to Step 5. Due to changes in personnel, the department continued to work on the following activities:

*The Fire Marshal implemented a fire inspection program with the goal of annual inspections on all inspectable buildings within our district. The goal fell short, but 972 total inspections occurred in 2018.

*Reinspections increased in 2018, with 196 conducted.

*Identify all MSDS, Hazardous Materials storage locations of 100 pounds or greater and Hazardous Materials (flammable, combustible, toxic and corrosive) storage locations of 60 gallons or greater. Additional Bulk storage facilities identified to total at 99 locations.

*Continuing to work with emergency management to identify all MSDS reporting facilities.

*Establish a preincident plan book for first responders. A preincident plan is a document containing detailed information about a facility that allows staff to quickly and effectively respond to any crisis situation at that location. Fire Departments have to be prepared for many different possibilities when responding. This was completed and placed on the emergency responding vehicles. As of December 31, 2018 there are 121 identified facilities in the preplan book. This total will continue to expand in 2019.

*Establish a Public Fire Education Program with a consistent safety message. A secondary goal was to bring the program to the community making it more accessible and visible to our citizens.

Community Risk Reduction Plan

Progress in 2018

STEP 1: Identify Community Risks

STEP 2: Prioritize Risks

STEP 3: Develop Strategies & Tactics

STEP 4: Prepare the Plan

STEP 5: Implement the Plan

STEP 6: Monitor, Evaluate, and Modify the Plan

The department has implemented the following activities:

During 2018, the depart- ment went from Step 4 to Step 5.

The Williston Fire Department implemented a fire inspection program with the goal of annual inspections on all inspect-able buildings within our district. As part of this program, the department conducts inspections on new and remodeled buildings, buildings with Hazardous materials, buildings that serve liquor, commercial buildings and multifamily buildings.

 Identify all MSDS, Hazardous Materials storage locations of 100 pounds or greater.

 Identify all MSDS, Hazardous Materials (flammable, combustible, toxic and corrosive) storage locations of 60 gallons or greater.

 Establish a pre-incident plan book for first responders. A pre- incident plan is a document containing detailed information about a facility that allows staff to quickly and effectively respond to any crisis situation at that location.

 Establish a Public Fire Education Program with a consistent annual safety message.

Fire Inspection Program

Plan Reviews

In addition to the inspec- tions performed by the firefighters/inspectors, the Fire Marshal reviews new or revised building plans for fire safety issues, then inspects new occupancies and new construction for compliance. 2018 - 46 Plan Reviews

One of the most important functions the department performs for our community is providing fire inspections and plan review of commercial properties, industrial facilities, apartment buildings, medical facilities, schools and churches. There are approximately 1,959 properties identified, up from 1,792 properties identified in 2017. Within the Williston Fire Response Area the plan is to inspect each facility annually. Our inspectors continue to evaluate the buildings for any unsafe conditions and then work with the owner or occupant to develop measures to correct any adverse conditions. We continue the responsibility to improve the quality of fire safety in the area. Our guidelines concentrate on identifying unsafe conditions or deficiencies in buildings and structures. The codes adopted by the City of Williston are from the 2015 International Fire Code. With care and diligence, we strive to provide a reliable means to reduce the loss of life or property from fire. Both the businesses and firefighters benefit. The businesses benefit by having safer buildings; the firefighters benefit by getting to know the buildings in the event of an emergency or fires.

Fire Investigations

All fires within the City of Williston are investigated to determine cause and origin. This information is used locally in order to focus our prevention efforts. The origin and cause are entered into a national database called NFIRS. This tracking has led to product recalls for faulty equipment.

Any fires deemed to be suspicious or possibly intentionally set (incendiary) are investigated jointly with the City of Williston Police Department.

In 2018 Fire Prevention Bureau has investigated 28 incidents, while in 2017 Fire Prevention Bureau had investigated 16 incidents.

19 incidents closed, 8 incidents open, 1 referred to Police.

Public Education


Public education activities are important in preventing fires and injuries before they occur. Each interaction with a member from the community assists in providing them with knowledge of safer practices for fire and life safety. This year, the Williston Fire Department’s paid and volunteer staff spent over 260 hours preparing for and participating in events to strengthen public relations and provide citizens with access to department staff. Attendance at these events also served as a reminder of the services we offer, and provided a refresher to adults and children that we are easily accessible within the community. Some of these events included National Night Out, Kids’ Day Out, several career expos, Band Day, and Fire Prevention Week. FIRE PREVENTION WEEK - The NFPA identifies a different area of focus in fire prevention each year that should be addressed within the community. This year, our Fire Department staff went to 7 different elementary schools teaching the theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. - Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” Over 3000 children from city public and private schools heard the message and received information about smoke alarm care, fire prevention history, and fire safety. These children were also encouraged to participate in a Fire Safety themed poster contest where they had to think of and draw out a way to prevent fires. Fire Prevention Week included a radio station message to spread the word about fire prevention, free fire extinguisher training, a day dedicated to providing fire station and ap- paratus tours to over 300 fifth graders, all-day open houses at two fire stations to ensure easy access for the public, and a smoke room simulation to allow children and their families to realize the obsta- cles and hazards smoke can create in exiting a smoke filled room. The week ended with a Fire Preven- tion Parade where winners of the poster contest boarded and rode in the engines with firefighters down 2nd Avenue.

Car Seat Saftey

- In 2018, staff from the Williston Fire Department participated with other local departments in 5 scheduled car seat safety events for the community. Staff also assisted in at least 6 one on one car seat fittings with parents of new children. Additionally, events like Kids Day Out and the Home and Garden show provided the opportunity to educate parents on the availability of these services offered through the department.

Community Events

Just as important as having the information available is knowing where to find it. This year the Williston Fire Department spent over 108 hours preparing for and being available at different events for the community. Being accessible at events like the All-City Halloween Party with Sparky the Fire Dog (over 2500 people in attendance) or the Chokecherry Festival (over 4000 in attendance) allowed adults to ask questions, gave children an opportunity to feel more at ease with approaching a fire department staff member in uniform, and overall reminded citizens of our availability. Additionally, a fire prevention seek-and-find game was introduced at the Home and Garden Show that encouraged children to look for exit signs, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment while providing an opportunity for them to ask “why” questions about those items.

Station Tours

Inviting people from the community to see our fire/ EMS stations builds positive relationships, provides the opportunity for 1 on 1 education, and lets the community see the value of their tax investment. With 3 beautiful fire stations, anyone from the community is able to safely view the insides of apparatus watch firefighters slide down the pole at Station 1, don bunker gear, and walk through the stations to view where staff sleep and eat. Station tours give citizens a better understanding of what our staff do on a daily basis, and the time and dedication these professions require. Staff spent over 19 hours providing tours to small and large groups, unscheduled visitors, and even our youngest of junior firefighters with their families.


“Keep the Wreath Green” was a new program initiated in 2018. It encourages citizens to think about fire safety throughout the holiday season, and “challenges” them to keep holiday wreath lights from changing to a red color. Wreaths are hung outside each fire station, and serve as a visual reminder to those who drive by the stations. Information about the program was dispersed through the department website and on social media to make citizens aware of the program. This year, 3 fire incidents took place which caused holiday lights on the wreaths to be changed from green to red.

Williston Fire Department

Goals & Objectives for 2019


Increase certified Hazardous Materials Technicians 25%


Increase Technical Rescue Training by 30%

Increase EMS training along with streamlining recertification process for employees

Increase Airport Rescue Firefighting Capabilities

Continue working with NDFA on Proboard course development and delivery.

In the coming year we will continue to increase the number of advanced life support providers by as- sisting in the training of several department members during their paramedic education. The EMS Di- vision will work in conjunction with the Training Division to increase EMS training and mass casualty preparedness efforts. This year we will also be working with our medical director to re- new and improve our medical protocols to remain current with national standards


Continue to locate existing business within the Williston Fire Response area and add them to the fire


inspection data base. Due to the expansion and growth of the community new business were added to

the City and the fire department is continuing to locate these facilities.

Every identified business will have had an annual inspection completed by 12/2019. Update and computerize the Pre-fire planning

program and make it readily accessible to responding firefighters during an emergency.

Develop a smoke detector program for low-income and elderly. The goal is that every single family residence has a working smoke


Institute and implement a Carbon Monoxide detector education program for residential structures. The program will consist of

informational PSA’s and community meetings. Goal – Institute and implement a Carbon Monoxide detector education program for

residential structures. The program will consist of informational PSA’s and community meetings.

Develop a Strategic Plan for inspections and public education for both long and short term.

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