The Iowa City Fire Department (ICFD) provides fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, fire inspection, fire investigation, and public education to the city of Iowa City. The ICFD is consistently working to achieve and/or maintain the highest level of professionalism and efficiency on behalf of those it serves, and is currently pursuing reaccreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).
In an effort to work toward self-improvement, the ICFD contracted with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) to facilitate a method to document the department’s path into the future - this resulted in the development and implementation of a “Community-Driven Strategic Plan.” The strategic plan was written in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the CFAI Fire & Emergency Service Self-Assessment Manual 8th Ed., and is intended to guide the organization within established parameters set forth by the authority having jurisdiction.
The CPSE utilized the Community–Driven Strategic Planning process to go beyond just the development of a document. It challenged the membership of the ICFD to critically examine paradigms, values, philosophies, beliefs and desires, and challenged individuals to work in the best interest of the “team.” Furthermore, it provided the membership with an opportunity to participate in the development of their organization’s long-term direction and focus. Members of the department’s external and internal stakeholders’ groups performed an outstanding job in committing to this important project and remain committed to the document’s completion.
The Iowa City Fire Department’s Strategic Plan sets forth a comprehensive vision and mission statement that provides the agency with a clear path into the future. Additionally, this strategic plan identifies the core values that embody how the agency’s members, individually and collectively, will carry out the agency’s mission. In the following pages, the ICFD identifies its goals, objectives, and strategies that will allow the agency to realize its vision.