East County Fire & Rescue wins Management Excellence Award

November 13, 2012

East County Fire & Rescue (ECFR) won Second Place in the Washington Fire Commissioners Association’s (WFCA) Management Excellence Awards Program.  ECFR was compared to other Washington Fire Districts with similar budgets.  The award—for FY2011—was announced at the WFCA’s Annual Conference in Yakima on October 26th.  East County Fire Commissioners did not attend this year’s Conference, as a money-saving effort during tough economic times.

Twelve Fire Districts submitted entries (in Category B) which were judged by a team of evaluators from outside the Fire Service.  There are four categories in which Fire Districts compete—based upon annual budgets.  ECFR competed against Districts with budgets ranging from $1 Million to $10 Million.  ECFR’s  tax revenue, in 2011, was $1,685,824.67.

Tammy Dinius (photo Martha Martin)

The application involved completion of a Management Excellence questionnaire and submission of supporting data.  HR/Finance Director Tammy Dinius took the lead on this project, assisted by Office Assistant Danette Beckwith, supported by Administrative Specialist Linda Durrett.  The outcome was  a 4 inch notebook, full of material that documented ECFR’s personnel, their training, the Agency’s budget and policies & procedures, community activities, and the many services that are provided by the District.

Danette Beckwith (photo Martha Martin)

East County Fire & Rescue covers 60 square miles of area north of- and east of- the cities of Camas and Washougal.  The District has 6 fire stations and 60 personnel—80% of whom are Volunteers.  The District places a very high priority on Customer Service, and is active in its public information and public education out-reach.

Linda Durrett (photo Martha Martin)

For more information about ECFR, visit the website at www.ecfr.us.