Letter from the Chief

Letter from the Chief

It is my honor and privilege to present the 2023 Annual Report of the Marietta Fire Department.  This report will detail the operations, direction, and goals of our department, as well as give a year-end review to what our department was able to achieve in 2023.  The Marietta Fire Department experienced several positive changes in 2023, and we look forward to the opportunities that 2024 will bring to allow us to continue to improve our services to the community.  Our focus has been on providing the highest level of care and service to our community, during both medical and fire related responses.  
Our focus on medical responses includes continued focus to improve the level of care we provide to our citizens.  We currently have 52% of our staff trained in advanced life support (ALS) skills), with an anticipated 67% by mid-year. We anticipate that this number will continue to climb until we reach our goal of 100%, by implementing a policy that all new hires will be trained to Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) or higher.  We are excited about these new measures, and have made sure to have available the tools these EMS providers need to complete their missions successfully.  We also have a focus on continuous quality improvement throughout every aspect of our calls, from treatment to documentation, to ensure continued high levels of patient care.  
Our focus on the fire response side has included a strong focus on training of our personnel on a wide variety of emergency response training for firefighting, hazardous materials responses, driving, dive operations, water rescue, confined space rescue, and rope rescue.  We are a small department, but provide a high level of response in a variety of situations that may arise, so we must make intentional efforts frequently to ensure that we keep our skill level maintained.  In 2023, we were able to place a new thermal imaging camera on Engine 1, so that firefighters entering a structure fire have the ability to locate victims more efficiently, and are able to utilize it for other decision-making needs.  We were also able to place an order for a new ladder truck that will increase our capabilities, while replacing a nearly 30-year-old current ladder truck.  Replacing a 10 year old ambulance, establishing a truck for dive responses, as well as updating dive equipment are a few of our other accomplishments for 2023.
We are excited about the goals we have for 2024, to continue to improve our services to the community.  We are currently awaiting the arrival of a new ladder truck to replace our 1994 ladder truck.  We continue to work toward the establishment of a training facility that we will use to properly and safely train on a variety of techniques needed to maintain our skills. The bids were obtained and hope to have project completion of this training structure by fall of 2024.  We are also continuing our efforts to start providing CPR classes to the community.  We look forward to the growth and improvement 2024 has to bring to our department.
Sincerely,
 
Chief C.W. Durham, CFO, OFC
Marietta Fire Department