ANDOVER — The Andover Fire Department is constantly looking for ways to keep its community safe, whether that is through more training or equipment or other means. In order to keep up with the growth of the community, the fire department is looking at and revising its Fire Protection Plan, which looks at fire safety thought the city as a whole.
“As our community continues to grow, or fire protection demands change,” chief Chad Russell said. “It is important for us to remain vigilant as a fire department, meeting our mission of protection our city’s health, safety and economic viability.”
The plan will be evaluated by a third party in order to get a total look at the layout around the city and to analyze data objectively to measure what changes need to be made to the plan. Currently the department in the process of hiring a firm to develop a master plan for the department.
“The plan will be comprehensive, but at its most basic level it will cover; how many trucks and firefighters we staff, who many and where are our fire stations, what are some ways we can increase efficiency and offer the best service to our community and ect.”
Moving forward the plan will be used to develop budgets and the future direction of the department. The RFP’s have been put out the bid and will be evaluated by the department, city staff and city council members before approved. Neighboring fire departments will also look over the plan. The study will likely take several months to complete.