It is with great honor and privilege that I present to you the impressive work of the Washington Township Fire Department (WTFD). Again in 2020, you will see various examples of our dedicated men and women, immersed in a vocation that not everyone can do or will do.
This past 12 months have been an incredible year of challenges that have tested our resiliency as an Organization. It was a year that introduced us to an unprecedented worldwide pandemic, and with that, what seemed like ever-changing guidelines, protocols, directives, and controls to keep us safe while we served our community. The past 12 months were also a time of growth and excitement for our Organization in terms of the construction of a new fire station. Specifically, WTFD fire station #3 began construction on April 21, 2020 and we are excited to be taking occupancy on February 23, 2021.
Today, and what feels like more than others in the past, I am especially thankful for another safe and healthy year. The following sections within this report highlight some of our accomplishments in 2020, and it is with enthusiasm I report that once again, our department continued to evolve as a leading agency in Michigan.
As we look forward to 2021, the WTFD will continually work to achieve and maintain the highest level of professionalism, and efficiency on behalf of those we serve. We will continue to pursue, and accomplish organizational goals that are spread across the different divisions of the department, with a continued focus on customer service, as well as, an unwavering commitment and sustained appreciation for our organization, our community, service delivery, impact and purpose.
Fire Department accreditation, ISO classification, and the process to develop a five year Strategic Plan will continue to be administrative goals for 2021. The WTFD strategic plan, with its foundation based in community and membership in put, will revisit the organization's pillars (Mission, Values, and Vision) and set forth a continuous improvement plan that offers a road map for a justifiable and sustainable future. While this goal may take more than one year to accomplish, it will be a priority to continue this journey in 2021. Next, and in light of the unprecedented challenges with recruiting and retaining Paramedic Firefighters, I want to focus on the WTFD culture, and relationship with our team. Simply put, I want to build on a relationship of trust with employees who are committed, and bonded to this fire department and community. I want to make sure we are delivering on a culture of success where we push ourselves hard, eliminate barriers to staff, and build on our foundation of high expectations, where our team feels valued during a year that we put our people first, and process second.
Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our Residents, Business owners, Township elected Officials and leaders, who have thrust their support behind our efforts, allowing us to achieve the level of preparedness, and response that we are currently relying on to serve our community.
I thank you for allowing me to continue to serve as your Fire Chief, it is truly an honor to serve you, and I look forward to future service and success.
Brian S. Tyrell, M.A, EFO
Chief of Fire and Emergency Services