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Citizen group looks for others to help shape strategic plan

The Enumclaw/King County Fire District 28 Citizens Advisory Group is providing recommendations on the  forthcoming Fire District/Department Strategic Plan. The group of 12 was formed in July by the fire district to provide citizen input to the fire district and department’s long-term strategic plan and to help Enumclaw Fire District align itself with the local community needs.

The group is not charged with addressing operational issues of the fire department.

Members represent local employers, community service groups and citizens at large. Current members are: Ashok Kuruganti, chairperson and member-at-large; Angie Stubblefield, member-at-large; Elbert Reed, community service organizations; Tim Madden, Enumclaw School District; Roxanne Harr, Mutual  of Enumclaw; and Eileen Hicks, Mt. Rainier Christian Church. More information about the CAG members can be found on the fire department website.

After a few monthly meetings to organize themselves and learn their role and responsibility, the group has now developed a draft set of recommendations for the fire district/department to consider as they  proceed to develop the strategic plan. The recommendations have been grouped as follows: Public Image, Community Outreach and Operations.

A theme running through all the recommendations is the need for increased citizen input and transparency of district decisions. The group will continue its work throughout the next year as the district and department develop their long-term strategic plan. As a result of these early discussions, the fire district is looking into bringing back the quarterly newsletter. Thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Group members are soliciting concerns and recommendations from all citizens in King County Fire District 28 and encourage readers to send their thoughts to the Fire District 28 CAG via email using the contact tab on the Fire Department website, http://kcfd28.org/. Include Fire District 28 CAG in the subject line to ensure proper routing of the comment. Comments can also be mailed to the CAG at King County Fire District 28, 1330 Wells St., Enumclaw, Wash. 98022. The group will consider all comments, but will not necessarily respond to all.

The group has one and possibly more vacancies. Persons interested in participating as a member of the group should contact Fire Chief Joe Clow at 360-825-5544 or JClow@ci.enumclaw.wa.us.

The objective of member selection is to provide a cross-section of citizen representation from the fire district. Please provide basic contact information such as name, address, phone number and email address. Further explain your interest in the CAG and how you feel you can assist the group.

All meetings are open to the public and a time for public comment is provided at the end of each meeting. Meeting dates, times and locations are posted on the Fire Department 28 website, http://kcfd28.org.

Elbert Reed

Group secretary

 

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