The Mission of the Washington Township Fire Department is to enhance the quality of living in our community by preventing or minimizing injury, and loss of human life or property, resulting from fire or other emergencies that may occur within the jurisdictional boundaries of the township we serve.
In keeping with our Mission, Vision, and Core Values, Washington Township Firefighters consistently demonstrate a personal commitment to protect the quality of life, and to protect property in Washington Township.
As I reflect on 2018, I am thankful for another safe and healthy year. In 2018, the busiest year on record, WTFD Firefighters responded to 2988 incidents. As we enter into 2019, the citizens of Washington Township can expect their fire department to serve our community at its highest potential; one that performs with the best interest of our community at the forefront, and exudes professionalism at all times. Again in 2019, you will see various examples of our dedicated men and women immersed in a vocation that not everyone can do or will do.
To highlight some of our accomplishments in 2018, it is with enthusiasm I report that once again, our department continued to evolve as a leading agency in Southeast Michigan, while at the same time, adhering to a conservative fiscal philosophy. In 2018 work continued with the design and construction of a new fire station to be located in our Southwest response district. Construction is estimated to begin fall of 2019. The WTFD completed our Blue Card sim lab in late 2018, and is now training Macomb County firefighters, and others across the tri-county area. WTFD expanded our UAS aviation division, both in terms of adding drones, and training programs to surrounding police and fire agencies. WTFD continues to provide advance firefighter survival, and rapid intervention team training across Macomb County, as well as, occupy many committee roles at high levels, to ensure a steady progression of fire service improvement across our County and State. The WTFD Technical Rescue division expanded to include swift water rescue credentials at technician level, and we increased our staff presence in County and State Technical Rescue Teams.
Finally, 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