2019 SCCFD Annual Report

Tony Bowden

Santa Clara County Fire Department is proud to provide regionalized emergency services and support to one of the most diverse and technologically sophisticated populations in the nation. Serving as Santa Clara County’s Fire Chief and Fire Marshal is a special privilege and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. Over the past year, we made great strides in addressing local wildfire hazards through prevention, technology and response. In 2020, we will continue to support regional wildfire preparedness efforts, focus on the resiliency of our critical infrastructure and establish plans to ensure we continue to provide exceptional service to our growing communities.
           2019.2.10 SCCFD Annual Report Tony Bowden Signature
             - Tony Bowden, SCCFD Fire Chief

Enhancing Alert & Warning in Santa Clara County

panoramic skyline moses 2 3000x1000Years of drought and a changing climate have led to an unprecedented and constant risk of wildfires throughout the state. In 2019, County Fire leveraged our partnerships to address local hazards and bolster regional response capabilities.

With help from California State Assemblymember Evan Low, we secured a 4 million dollar grant to purchase two Mobile Operations Satellite Emergency System (MOSES) units, that will support critical communications during regional incidents and disasters. In partnership with our 9-1-1 Communications Center, County Fire began installation of 10 ALERT Wildfire cameras for quicker detection and response to wildfires in Santa Clara County.

2020.2.24 SCCFD Annual Report Graphics logosCounty Fire supported the Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break Project, aimed to create a 6.5 mile fuel break to protect residents and preserve the critical evacuation route in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The project is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

Our Performance in 2019

Calls for Service:

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Types of Calls for Service 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
EMS 10,889 10,986 11,686 11,648  11,686
Customer Service Assistance 4,217 4,444 4,733 4,469  4,999 
Fire Alarm 1,417 1,521 1,767 1,597  1,599 
Fires 540 549 659 649  333 
Hazardous Conditions 401 403 474 444  493 
Rescues 31 31  85 62  59 
Other 0 0 0 0 904

Finances:

Statement of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balances fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

Revenue in 20192020.2.24 SCCFD Annual Report Graphics Revenue
Types of Revenue 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Property Taxes and Assessments $64,270,557 $69,871,573 $76,130,807 $80,746,076 $88,051,891
Charges for Services $26,821,156 $28,022,279 $29,107,423 $30,469,768 $32,078,563
Integovernmental Revenues $3,977,037 $526,8740 $5,048,211 $5,692,160 $6,099,380
Miscellaneous Revenues $1,062,484 $1,226,663 $1,205,892 $1,035,852 $1,038,157
Licenses and Permits $703,390 $757,478 $982,482 $1,463,108 $943,523
Use of Money and Property $226,491 $332,237 $490,777 $687,979 $1,020,599
Sale of Capital Assets $18,124 $14,376 $50,034 $36,023 $155,368
Total Revenues $97,079,239 $105,493,346 $113,015,626 $120,130,966 $129,387,481
Expenditures for 2019
2020.2.24 SCCFD Annual Report Graphics Expenditures
Expenditures 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Salaries and benefits $73,425,473 $80,798,854 $83,986,906 $91,708,833 $95,881,776
Services and supplies $6,855,553 $80,69,137 $9,002,356 $11,824,197 $11,399,015
City-provided services $5,719,511 $6,138,914 $6,490,240 $7,022,108 $7,866,534
Other charges $696,781 $1,381,023 $806,855 $910,207 $957,593
Capital outlay $5,499,551 $3,328,706 $843,832 $3,111,046 $7,180,270
Total Expenditures $92,529,719 $100,050,834 $101,464,139 $114,576,391 $123,285,188
   
Excess (Deficiancy) of Revenues  
Over Expendentures $4,549,520 $5,442,512 $11,501,453 $5,554,575 $5,946,925
Fund Balance, Beginning $35,343,450 $39,892,970 $45,335,482 $56,886,969 $62,441,544
Fund Balance, Ending $39,892,970 $45,335,482 $56,886,969 $62,441,544 $68,543,837

Performance Measures:
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Performance Measures adjusted to reflect 2020 Strategic Goals.
All Emergency Response times except Turnout times and 2 In 2 Out, include call processing times.
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Partnerships, Preparedness & Planning in 2019

Regional Preparedness:

2019.8.15 SCCFD RSG Red Flag Warning FBIn 2019, County Fire delivered the Wildfire Risk & Response Report to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors that outlined proposed programs and projects to address wildfire risk throughout the County. In 2020, we will continue to lead and support regional wildfire preparedness efforts through fuels reduction projects, planning and outreach. As the Santa Clara County Operational Area Coordinator, County Fire will continue to make mutual aid resources available locally and statewide.

Planning for Sustained Service:

Commision on Fire Accreditation International logoIn 2019, County Fire began the process of re-accreditation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. In 2020, we will use an extensive Community Risk Assessment and feedback from our stakeholders to complete a Strategic Plan and accreditation documents that will serve as a roadmap of agency initiatives for the next three to five years.

Resilient Infrastructure:

Quito Conceptual copy Page 1Serving Santa Clara County means that County Fire must remain in stride with the exponential growth of our communities, and invest in our own critical infrastructure. In the next year, County Fire will break ground on two fire stations to replace aging facilities. We will continue work towards a new joint dispatch center and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in southeast San Jose, and will look toward solutions for relocating our Headquarters facilities to support our growing staff needs.

 

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