Middletown Fire Department’s future under review

8:53 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017 Middletown
A group of community stakeholders has developed a list of 13 preliminary goals as part of efforts examining the needs and goals of the Middletown Fire Department. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

A group of community stakeholders recently participated in a brainstorming session about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges facing the Middletown Division of Fire in the future and have identified 13 goals to consider moving forward.

The community stakeholders included nearly three dozen local business people, educators, city employees, community leaders and fire personnel participated in last month’s brainstorming session.

Fire Chief Paul Lolli said his department is working to have to have a report ready for City Manager Doug Adkins by the end of 2017 on preparing the division’s strategic plan for the future.

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The stakeholders focused on four areas that included service delivery, equipment/facilities/technology, human resources/professional development, and community outreach. The participants identified various issues and possible goals with the help of facilitators from the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association during the June 21 session that was held at Atrium Medical Center. Currently, the participants are reviewing and ranking proposed goals in advance of their next meeting scheduled for Aug. 2.

The four work groups also proposed 13 possible goals to consider. The list of possible goals to be ranked by the participants was released this week. Those goals include:

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“I was extremely satisfied with the first session,” Lolli said. “We had very good facilitators and great community representatives from all walks of life. It opened a lot of eyes on how this gets done.”

He credited Assistant Fire Chief Tom Snively for spearheading the $9,000 project.

“With everything that will come out of it, it’s worth the expenditure,” Snively said.

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