Fire officials say they plan to focus on education and training for the coming year, citing the importance of constantly improving service to residents.
“Every year, we go back to the beginning, we look at what we’ve been doing and how can we do it better,” Assistant Fire Chief Tom Lenahan said. “The better we’re trained, the better we serve, the better we are going to deliver.”
With the start of a new fiscal year, city departments have presented plans to the City Council on how they will operate more efficiently and how to enhance service.
Lenahan noted how fire codes have changed and how new technology is affected by those changes, requiring additional training.
Firefighters constantly work to not just understand the technology, but also to be aware of how to deal with that technology when things go wrong.
With hydrogen powered buses, for example, firefighters must be aware of how the buses operate, how to approach the buses and knowing where the bus danger areas are, Lenahan said.