PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – January 4th, 2018

A Year in Review – Hemet Fire Department serving you!

As we ring in the New Year, I once again would like to thank our community for their continued support – our Firefighters stand committed to be there when you need us. With your support, we have accomplished a lot, all focused on making our Department stronger. Here is a quick recap of what we accomplished together in 2017: Placed an Engine Company in service at Fire Station 5, a fully staffed Paramedic Engine Company, for our residents in east Hemet, you now have full service Fire and Paramedic response; our residents in West Hemet now have a fully staffed Engine Company, Paramedic Unit with the conversion of Engine 4 from a basic life support unit to a Paramedic Unit; your Hemet Fire Department is now providing advanced life support/Paramedic response from all of our 5 Stations; Battalion Chiefs are in place, providing high level Command and Control for emergency incidents, ensuring for the safety of our firefighters and the community; a new Command Vehicle has been placed in service – new portable radios, safety gear has been purchased and distributed to our firefighters – additional Thermal Imaging cameras have been purchased and are now in service; we are finalizing the RFP for fire station facilities, kitchen reconstruction – our firefighters deserve to have a facility that meets their needs – it’s their home away from home, they work a 48/96 – for 48 hours, oftentimes more, this is “their House” where they cook meals between calls, yes on occasion sleep, train etc., we hired “2” dispatchers who will join our public safety dispatch team, it also is another important step towards implementation of Emergency medical dispatch; we have enhanced our administrative support team to help with our Paramedic program, Emergency Management and volunteer CERT coordination.
None of this would have been possible without your support, our efforts in 2018 will continue to place focus on three areas of concentration, Firefighter Safety, Operational Readiness and Sustainability.
On behalf of all of our Team it’s an honor to serve. As always, please call me if you have any questions,
Scott Brown – Fire Chief, 951-229-5862

The concept of Peak Demand deployment

The concept of Peak Demand deployment is an innovation that the Hemet Fire Department has implemented.
One of the first operational enhancements made possible by the passage of Measure U was the implementation of a Peak Demand EMS Unit – deployed up to 3 Days a week from 0700 to 6pm – the concept is twofold: to reduce the operational impacts of ever increasing call volume on our Engine Companies and to improve response to EMS calls for service.
We staff the unit based on a well-documented Demand curve – known as “Peak Demand” which for Hemet occurs Monday thru Thursday (it varies) between 0800 and 7pm.
As we continue to strengthen our emergency response capacity, HFD is conducting a comprehensive Standards of Coverage study, known as an (SOC) it will further evaluate our community risk as well as evaluating the risk as it relates to future staffing needs – two critical components of our rebuilding process. We stand committed to the following principles; Firefighter Safety, Operational Readiness and Sustainability of our emergency services – now and well into the future.
Scott Brown – Fire Chief, 951-229-5862

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