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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes
Thursday, July 09, 2020
July 9, 2020
Immediately following the City Council Executive Session
Prescott Room, Medford Police Station
219 South Ivy, Medford, Oregon
The City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:35 p.m. in the Prescott Room of Medford Police Station on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Eric Stark, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski; City Manager Brian Sjothun, Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding, City Attorney Rick Whitlock, Fire Chief Eric Thompson, Center for Public Safety Management Director Thomas Wieczorek (via phone), Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard; Councilmember Alex Poythress was absent.
Fire Operational and Administrative Analysis
Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) Director Thomas Wieczorek presented a PowerPoint outlining the findings of CPSM’s review of the Medford Fire Department. (PowerPoint attached.)
During the discussion, it was noted that the IAFF has reviewed this report, staff is currently drafting a wildfire mitigation hazards plan and the report indicated Fire’s our response time was excellent considering the use of an external dispatch center.
**Mr. Wieczorek left the meeting.
Fire Chief Eric Thompson presented a PowerPoint outlining his goals for improving the Fire Department’s traditional expectations and his accomplishments to date. (PowerPoint attached.) He advised that improved communication and collaborative teamwork have increased efficiency without adding employees. In addition, Fire is reviewing intergovernmental agreements and potential software options to create a collaboration of services with Medford, neighboring communities and hospitals.
Chief Thompson reported that the new emergency management coordinator will work with staff from multiple departments, Jackson County and outside agencies to update Fire’s emergency, continuity and operational plans.
Councilmember Stine provided a brief update on the topics discussed during the evening’s Council Officers meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Winnie Shepard, CMC
Deputy City Recorder
Medford Fire PowerPoint