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Boulder Fire-Rescue Master Plan

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Plan Overview

A Master Plan is an organizational planning document that draws from public engagement as well as a thorough assessment of the operational environment to frame resource allocation decisions. Organizations of all types utilize these documents to proactively guide decision-makers and to develop effective strategies to address challenges related to sustainability, funding, and resource allocation.

Think of the Master Plan as a strategic plan. Fire departments rely on these plans to ensure they are deploying their resources based on medium- and long-term goals. Fire department service delivery has grown increasingly complex over the last few decades and is now considered an “all-hazards” approach that goes well beyond simply responding to fires. These competing needs can have an influence on the ability to respond. Because of this, it is important that fire departments think and plan strategically.

The process will result in a five-year strategic plan for the department, framed by measurable goals and objectives. It starts with the development of a Standards of Cover (SOC) document, which assesses the risks the community faces and outlines potential mitigation and response strategies. The SOC creates shared understanding of both the current and possible future state. It, along with feedback from the community and area-specific consultant work, will then inform the Master Plan. This plan will serve as a guiding document as the city makes funding and resource decisions. Public engagement is critical during the development of this plan to ensure that BFR is meeting the needs of the residents and visitors of Boulder, both now and in the future.