2018

ANNUAL REPORT

WELCOME FROM CHIEF DANNY KISTNER

The McKinney Fire Department (MFD) strives to be a progressive, innovative and critically-thinking organization that optimizes opportunities to serve you. We offer the best in customer service and care, and are constantly in search of the better way. Our mission is to promote and protect the health and safety of the community through dynamic programs, professional services and continuous quality improvement.

In 2018, we continued to concentrate on key areas that help us fulfill our mission and the McKinney City Council’s goal of providing a safe and secure community. Our key areas of focus are to:

  • Train for emergency management scenarios
  • Identify unique performance measures
  • Maintain a public protection classification rating of 1
  • Obtain state and national accreditation
  • Increase operational efficiency
  • Implement programs for high-risk youth

WE ACCOMPLISHED THESE GOALS THROUGH SEVERAL INITIATIVES

Enacting our strategic plan results in dividends to the community but providing us with greater competence and effectiveness. Research and data analysis are the building blocks for organizational development. As research provides more insight into fire behavior in modern construction and contents, we amend our strategy and tactics on the fireground in order to control the fire flow path.

As you glance through this report, you will observe an organization that is committed to service and quality improvement. We are proud of our community and of the men and women who serve you as members of the McKinney Fire Department.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve,

Danny Kistner, McKinney Fire Chief

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD SET

In November 2018, the

McKinney Fire Department

and McKinney Independent

School District (MISD) teamed

up to save lives and set a Guinness

World Record title.

 

Prior to the McKinney High School vs. McKinney Boyd High School football game, MFD provided Hands-Only CPR training to 12,000 people.

 

As a result, thousands of people are now trained to save a life and McKinney now holds the Guinness World Records title for Most Pledges to Learn CPR!

ECONOMIC IMPACT

TIFMAS: TEXAS AND BEYOND

The McKinney Fire Department steps up when others are in need of help. The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) is generally used to help other first responders around our state. It is an unwritten agreement that allows government entities to work together to get emergency help to areas hit hard by devastating events like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods or wildland fires.

During the devastating wildfires in California, MFD sent its TIFMAS vehicle with Captain Ben Jones, Bryce Purdom, Quincy Blount and Austin Hendricks on a 10-day deployment to assist in putting out hot spots and to help residents returning to burned out areas.

Also in 2018, the TIFMAS team was deployed four times for wildfires within Texas. They were sent to Fort Davis twice as well as the cities of Merkel and Graham. Captain Mike Roberts, Captain Keith Whiteside, Captain Joel Boyd, Captain Pieter Wasserman, Driver/Engineer Ryan Chalk, Quincy Blount, Bryce Purdom, Juan Zapata, and Chris Harlow staffed the TIFMAS Type III Engine and made a very positive impact at the wildfires. Due to the expertise of our personnel, Quincy Blount staffed a unit out of the City of Paris and responded to Fort Davis during its second call for service.

 

 

MISSION LIFELINE AWARD

When a life hangs in the balance, every second counts. The McKinney Fire Department was honored with the Mission Lifeline Award by the American Heart Association for partnering with local hospitals and tracking lifesaving data to be used to make faster recognition and treatment of cardiac problems.

Because of MFD’s efforts, a STEMI heart attack patient transported to a hospital now finds the procedure room staffed and ready to go, increasing the chance of recovery.

A STEMI heart attack is caused when a blood clot suddenly forms, completely blocking an artery in the heart. The priority in treating a STEMI heart attack is to open the artery quickly, saving as much heart muscle as possible.

THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Administration

  • Continued work on a five-point strategic plan.
  • Improved ISO training, ARFF Simulator, and officer development.
  • Increased training for specialty teams to include vertical rescue and swift water rescue.
  • Expanded training for our TIFMAS deployment team.
  • Continued improvement to the Community Health Program
  • Received TFCA recognition of Best Practices Designation.
  • Implemented electronic iPad inspections for our Fire Marshal’s Office, hired two Arson Investigators and a Permit Technician.
  • Reorganized the IT committee and the Fire Advisory Board to  reflect improvements in design and focus.
  • Initiated design of Fire Station 10 to be built within Trinity Falls.
  • Provided medical physicals for firefighters based on NFPA 1582 standard.
  • Developed a Critical Incident Stress Management team by the Health and Wellness Committee.

Emergency Management

  • Secured $150,000 in grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security for acquisition of ballistic protective equipment and associated medical supplies and development of a citywide Continuity of Operations Plan.
  • Designed and executed Operation Lion’s Den, an active shooter tabletop exercise involving McKinney Independent School District, MPD and MFD to enhance capabilities to respond and recover from an active assailant incident.
  • Monitored eight weather occurrences, four special events and activated the EOC once for a hazardous materials transportation spill.
  • Upgraded Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • Graduated the 16th class of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), bringing the trained members total to 265.

 

Operations

  • Received apparatus Brush 4 to be located at Fire Station 4 and utilized as a brush rig to extinguish grass fires in McKinney as well as in the surrounding county areas.
  • Placed two new vehicles in service for Battalion Chiefs.
  • Placed two new vehicles in service for the Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Tested and approved all departmental ground and aerial ladders.
  • All apparatus pumps were tested and approved.
  • Began planning for McKinney Fire Department Special Operations program, specializing in training disciplines of swift water, vertical rescue, confined space rescue and trench rescue.

 

 

Training

  • Conducted ISO training. Topics included SLICERS, Calling the Mayday, Standpipe operations, SCBA Competency, Extrication, Driving Practices, Reading Smoke, Ropes and Haul Systems.
  • Participated in a multijurisdictional High Rise Drill in Plano.
  • Conducted Annual Physical Agility and District Testing.
  • Hosted Critical Incident Stress Management Training.
  • Conducted quarterly Driver/Officer Development and Special Operations Training.
  • Hosted two Battalion/Captain Assessment workshops.
  • Conducted an Assessment Center for three Battalion Chief and three Captain candidates.

 

MFD STAFF DEVELOPMENT

 

10

Collin County
Fire Academy Graduates

6

Vehicle Rescue Technician Certifications

3

Confined Space School Certifications

3

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Certifications

6

Swift Water
School
Certifications

3

Texas Intrastate Fire
Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS)  Symposium Attendees

5

TIFMAS Academy Completions

2

Fire Investigator Certifications

4

Juvenile Fire
Setting Intervention Certifications

1

Executive Fire Management Certification

Public Information and Education

  • Established Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Created more than 20 videos for social media distribution and education.
  • Hosted a hiring workshop in May 2018.
  • Visited 30 schools and educated thousands of children with the McTown Klownz safety show.
  • Gradated the 22nd Citizen Fire Academy class.
  • Accumulated more than 1,100 hours of volunteer hours by the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association.
  • Hosted two Youth Career Exploration Camps.

 

Fire Marshal's Office

  • Commissioned two new Arson Investigators to meet fire and criminal investigation demand.
  • Increased specialized training to include more fire/building codes, interview techniques for fire death investigation, and post blast analysis.
  • Adopted the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) in January 2018 and local amendments with a new permit fee structure.
  • Adopted a false fire alarm ordinance in partnership with the McKinney Police Department (MPD) to run through the Cry Wolf program.
  • Partnered with other city departments to develop a cross-functional team to increase number of fire sprinklers in downtown McKinney.
  • Served as liaison on the ISO regrading.
  • Received the 2018 National Fire Sprinkler Association award for the most reported fire sprinkler saves in Texas*.

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY

INSPECTIONS & REVIEWS

FROM 2017 TO 2018

PLAN REVIEWS FOR CIVIL,
SITE PLANS AND BUILDING INSPECTIONS

36%

32%

24%

ANNUAL FIRE CODE COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS

FIRE PROTECTION PLAN REVIEWS

1608

PERMITS ISSUED

IN FY2018

307%

INCREASE FIRE
PERMIT REVENUE
FROM 2017

INCREASE FIRE INSPECTION REVENUE
FROM 2017

328%

97%

SUCCESS RATE IN FIRE SPRINKLER

STRUCTURE SAVES

FIRE SPRINKLER

SAVES

IN 2018*

7

CONTACT US

McKINNEY FIRE DEPARTMENT

2200 Taylor-Burk Dr.

McKinney, TX 75071

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www.McKinneyFire.org