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NCFPD adopts strategic plan

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The North County Fire Protection District adopted its strategic plan.

A 5-0 NCFPD board vote Aug. 23 adopted what had been the draft strategic plan as the final plan. The draft plan had been reviewed at the July 26 NCFPD board meeting, but no vote was taken that day.

“We’ll put that on our website,” said NCFPD fire chief Keith McReynolds.

In August 2021, the NCFPD board awarded Matrix Consulting Group, which is headquartered in San Mateo and has an office in Irvine, a contract to develop the district's long-range master and strategic plan. The typical lifespan for a strategic plan is five years. The long-range master and strategic plan will include a 20-year master plan as well as a three-year to five-year strategic plan.

The scope of work for the shorter-term strategic plan included a community survey to obtain feedback, development of a vision statement and mission statement, assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the existing organization, assessment of threats and opportunities, facilitating the establishment of goals and objectives, establishing performance metrics, facilitating the development of a short-term work plan, and producing a strategic plan document.

(The scope of work for the long-range master plan will include development of a work plan, acquisition and review of background information, stakeholder input, evaluation of current conditions, development of an overview of the organization and the community, reviewing the planning process for fire protection and emergency medical services, reviewing the status of existing major capital assets and analyzing needs, reviewing current and anticipated future staffing levels, reviewing levels of performance, assessing future demand and risks, facilitating public input meetings and an intra-organization planning workshop, reviewing current response standards and targets, recommending a long-term strategy and strategies for shorter periods, and providing a final report.)

Matrix Consulting Group interviewed both NCFPD staff members and fire district board members while developing the analysis for the strategic plan. A community forum and a comprehensive community survey were also part of the development.

The strategic plan identifies strategic goals which are classified into short-term, intermediate, and long-range goals. The district convened a Strategic Plan Working Group to review the draft strategic plan, and the working group believes that the draft plan accurately identified strategic direction priorities.


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