Philosophy & Strategic Plan
Safety & Performance
Employee and volunteer safety shares top priority with getting the job done well. Everyone who comes to work goes home from work, and everyone is expected to perform their jobs at the highest level possible. We will create safer communities by reducing the risk of emergencies through prevention and preparedness programs.
Despite our best efforts of prevention, when response is required, it will be effective and purposeful. We will seek innovations and external partnerships to increase efficiencies and maximize resources, and will serve as role models for implementing change in our industry.
Serving our community is a privilege. Whether it’s a true emergency or a situation where a citizen has simply exhausted their personal resources, we will exceed the expectations of our community.
We recognize that we are accountable to the public we serve and will be good stewards of the finances and resources entrusted to us. We will conduct ourselves in a manner that brings credit to the organization and the fire service while both on and off duty. We put people first, treating our coworkers with dignity and respect. When diverse opinions emerge, we are consensus builders who do what is best for our community and organization. In the same manner, we strive to maintain collaborative labor-management relations.
While our vision and principles work together to shape what we do, they are only the beginning. Together, we have worked with our Board of Directors, our Division Managers, and all members of TVF&R to define a strategic plan that can still better fulfill our mission “creating safer communities through prevention, preparedness, and effective emergency response.”
TVF&R is committed to creating safer communities through prevention, preparedness, and effective emergency response through our strategic plan (PDF).
Developed jointly with the Board of Directors, the statements below comprise our shared vision for optimal safety
in our community. We invite community members and partner governmental agencies to help us advance a
community with the following attributes:
- Protection from fire, medical, and other emergencies is achieved through targeted, proactive risk-reduction strategies. When emergencies do happen, skilled personnel provide fast and effective response services.
- Education delivered to residents and businesses motivates their active role in emergency prevention, preparedness, and resilience measures. Our personnel take steps to ensure this in their own lives as well.
- Cooperative resource sharing and collaborative partnerships ensure a highly effective and efficient emergency response system.
In fulfilling this vision, we are committed to being an organization that:
- Aligns to the single purpose of serving the greater community good, where the actions of every member model the highest values of public service and exemplify the concept of good government.
- Fosters an inclusive and respectful workforce engaged in, and welcoming of, the attributes and characteristics of our diverse community.
- Anticipates, influences, and adapts to growth and change to ensure excellent service delivery. To do so, we make data-informed decisions, manage a high-performing workforce, and maintain active community outreach.
- Manages in a sustainable manner.
- Participates in improvement of the public safety industry and local services.