Fire Rescue Top 10 Wins
- Training for a Purpose
Sioux Falls is fortunate to have highly trained teams to lead search and rescue efforts. While the downtown building collapse on December 2 resulted in tragedy, the rescue and recovery efforts were immediate, strategic, and thorough. The efforts of many helped save the life of a young woman who had survived the initial collapse of the building. The largest rescue operation in the city’s history for a multiple building collapse captured the attention of the community and the nation and led to even increased confidence in Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.
- Maintaining Service Levels With Increased Call Volume
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to almost 13,000 calls for service, an increase of 3.5 percent. 2016 was another record-breaking year for emergency responses.
- No Fire Fatalities
It’s been more than three years since the most recent fire death in Sioux Falls, which surpasses the previous record of 18 months. In addition, only $4.3 million in property loss was reported as the result of fires, which is below other cities our size. This is due to the synergistic effect of all divisions focused on common goals and values.
- New Defibrillators and CPR Procedures
In 2016, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue implemented state-of-the-art cardiac care with new defibrillators that can also detect carbon monoxide levels and include a new advanced airway. “Pit Crew CPR” also was implemented, which is a new team-oriented approach for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) between Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, the Sioux Falls Police Department, and ambulance service provider Paramedics Plus for treating cardiac arrest patients.
- CPR Training
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue provided CPR training to 7,500 citizens in 2016! In addition, Fire Rescue crews installed more than 750 car seats and checked another 1,000 car seats for proper installation.
- Technology Implementation
Electronic Engine Company Surveys with iG Inspect were implemented to allow Fire Prevention crews to use iPads to upload information regarding pending and completed inspections, increasing efficiency of operations.
- Collective Bargaining
Successful and productive contract negotiation occurred in 2016 between the City of Sioux Falls and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 814. Human Resources and other City departments successfully negotiated a two-year labor contract with the union.
- Equipment Needs Met
Several replacement units were put into service in support of the Sioux Falls Fire Rescue mission. These include an Incident Support Unit, a 109-foot ladder truck, and a safety attenuator.
- National Study
2016 was the second year Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was invited to participate in the Carcinogenic and Cardiovascular Study at the University of Illinois/Illinois Fire Service Institute. This is a groundbreaking study on the effects of the byproducts of fire and their relationship to certain cancers in firefighters.
- Wildland Firefighting
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue aided other departments across the state battling wildland fires this fire season.