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A message from Fire Chief Kris Kazian October 9, 2020 Windsor Severance Fire …

A message from Fire Chief Kris Kazian
 October 9, 2020 
 Windsor Severance Fire ... 1

2020-10-09 16:00:48

A message from Fire Chief Kris Kazian

October 9, 2020

Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Community,

I am looking forward to the time we can lead with something other than the Cameron Peak or Mullen Fires and the smoke which continues to create considerable miserable conditions for all of us to endure. The fires continue to get more and more containment but are still quite active. As they say, “we are not out of the woods yet!” All of the WSFR crews have returned safely and are back on shift serving our community again. We are working on the wildland billing, and it appears we will be expecting to net around $75,000 for the use of our fire engines on the fires. All of the personnel costs and related backfill are reimbursed at 100 percent with WSFR getting a small 1 percent administrative fee for the paperwork involved. I can tell you our crews worked hard, and always learn a lot when they are deployed. They are glad to be back serving the citizens of Windsor Severance Fire Rescue once again.

You should have received an official election mailer from WSFR which provides voters with the actual ballot question as well as any pro or con statements that may have been submitted from the public. This is the formal and legal process that is used to help advise and inform the voters of the upcoming election and related questions. You will receive a ballot in the mail, separate from the county ballot, early next week with one question on it from WSFR. We have provided some information on the matter on our website. You can navigate to the page from our homepage at www.wsfr.us if you have any questions. I am also always available to answer any additional questions.

I have talked in the past in this column about the “good government” concept I believe in. Some of you might be scratching your head and feeling like that is an oxymoron, but I do work each and every day to make sure I provide an effective and efficient organization that is truly transparent and dedicated to our mission which is “Providing professional service and compassionate care from our family to yours.” While I guess this can be done in many ways, and as they say, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” it is a concept I strive for on a daily basis. The entire WSFR team works tirelessly to gain the trust and respect of the community we are sworn to represent and protect. Personally, I take this job seriously and professionally each and every day. I am committed to assuring the decisions we make at WSFR are done with sustainability and are always out of necessity.

The principals that drive me as a fire chief can be summed up in a word I learned five or six years ago. Kina’ole is the Hawaiian ideal of flawlessness that can be defined as:
– Doing the right thing
– In the right way
– At the right time
– In the right place
– For the right person
– With the right feeling
– The first time

I certainly do not believe for a second I have, or will, achieve flawlessness; not even close. But what I do believe is that with a word like Kina’ole I can strive to do the right things at the right time and in the right way for the right people the first time and every time as much as possible. As the fire chief I must be constantly balancing doing the right thing, weighting what will benefit the entire community, balancing the risks versus benefits of our organizational needs and knowing when the community calls 9-1-1 we are there and able to provide flawless service to the best of our ability. To be honest, this is not an easy task and pleasing everyone is not always possible. If nothing else, the images of Hawaii should conjure up some good thoughts in these difficult times!

Last night staff proposed the first draft of the 2021 budget to the Board of Directors. Our intention is to develop a budget that provides the needed operational costs, and is also conservative, especially with the uncertainties which lie ahead. While I wish I had a crystal ball, I do not, so we are working to provide the sustainable operational plans and be cautious on spending where possible.

Fire Prevention Week activities actually occur throughout the month of October, and we are excited to be able to take a creative approach during these challenging and unique times to be able to provide virtual fire safety lessons to the schools and families. Please remember to be help us “Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen.” Check out the resources on our website www.wsfr.us/fire-prevention-month/. You can schedule a 20-minute virtual fire safety lesson for your family, check out safety messages, and even participate in a virtual fire safety scavenger hunt.

My brother, who is also a fire chief, is in town for a regional leadership conference. I am looking forward for the time to talk leadership and to catch up with him in person. Cami continues to practice her driving, and Kristy is still trying to avoid the smokey air as much as she can. Our house is decorated with some holiday ghouls and goblins and we have the candy ready if trick-or-treating occurs.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Good luck to everyone participating in the inaugural Windsor Half Marathon this Sunday. Please be cautious of runners on roads Sunday morning if you are out driving in the New Liberty/Colorado Blvd/Steeplechase areas.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kris Kazian
Fire Chief
kkazian@wsfr.us
970-686-2626 X310

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