The Fairfield Way Teams
An annual labor/management retreat is held each year to develop the major Fairfield Way goals and objectives for the upcoming year. The participants from each side express the goals and objectives as action plans. Each action plan includes an achievable goal statement and quarterly objectives that can be measured and reviewed throughout the year. The action plans are then assigned to one or more of the Fairfield Way teams to work on during the year.
The Correlation Team meeting is held each quarter during the year. The purpose of the meeting is to review team progress and to discuss current organizational issues that are of mutual interest to both labor and management.
- Administration Committee. The Administration Committee is responsible for all administrative matters within the department,including hiring, promotions, policies/procedures, statistical analysis, short- and long-term planning (strategic planning), scheduling, and the payroll process.
- Operations Committee. The Fairfield Fire Department Operations Division is responsible for all aspects of emergency service delivery. In addition to this broad area of responsibility, the division is also responsible for the design, purchase, repair, and maintenance of all fire department emergency apparatus and staff vehicles. The Operations Division has a deputy chief and a labor representative assigned to oversee this area of responsibility.
- Communications and Facilities Committee. Typical issues handled by the Communications Committee include coordinating department needs with the City Information Technology Department, outfitting department apparatus and personnel with up-to-date communications equipment, and coordinating communication concerns with surrounding departments.
- Training Committee. The Training Committee represents all members of the Fairfield Fire Department. These factions include day staff, line staff, and reserves. The committee handles all requests for instruction in a variety of areas, including paramedic re-certification, continuing education, specialized certificates, seminars, workshops, and a host of other focused topics. Additionally, the Training Committee coordinates the new-hire academies for reserves and full-time firefighters.
- Equipment Committee. Typical issues handled by the Equipment Committee include ensuring that department-issued equipment meets code requirements and is up to date, replacing damaged or insufficient equipment, and coordinating equipment purchases with surrounding departments. Typical issues handled by the Equipment Committee include ensuring that department-issued equipment meets code requirements and is up to date, replacing damaged or insufficient equipment, and coordinating equipment purchases with surrounding departments.
- Prevention and Public Education Committee. The intent of the Prevention/Public Education Committee is to minimize loss of life through enforcement and education. The committee supports the prevention and public education divisions within the Fairfield Fire Department. The prevention division manages various elements such as plan checks of fire detection systems, inspections for existing and new construction, enforcement of weed abatement regulations, issuing construction and annual business permits, conducting fire investigations, updating and developing fire safety standards and codes within the City of Fairfield. The committee also oversees three community service programs:
- The Childrens Christmas Toy Drive is a community service program designed to help provide toys to local children during the holiday season. With continued donations from local businesses we are able to help provide holiday cheer for the needy children in our community.
- The Kids Coat Drive debuted in the winter season of 2004 and has since provided literally thousands of coats and jackets to needy children in our community.
- The Medical Emergency Data System (MEDS) Program is also run on a volunteer basis by fire department personnel. This program was initiated by department paramedics with an interest in helping individuals with chronic medical problems, or senior citizens, to have a brief but accurate record of their history easily accessible to emergency personnel. Funding for the MEDS packets is solely based on community contributions; the donations from local businesses have allowed us to offer these packets for the past six years.
- Emergency Medical Service Committee. Typical tasks include responsibility for all of the fire department's EMS functions. This includes overseeing many different subcommittees within the EMS division. The EMS Committee's most important function is the Quality Assurance Review Team. The subcommittees reporting to the EMS co-chairs include the following: Clinical coordinator; Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD); dispatcher trainers; EMS supplies and equipment; narcotics/controlled substances; CPR/First aid; automatic external defibrillators; EMS rescue team; and EMS hazardous materials.
- Health and Safety Committee. The Fire Department Safety Committee makes department recommendations to ensure compliance with the California and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, specifically in the areas of firefighter health and safety compliance, injury and illness prevention, and bloodborne pathogens.