12/20/15 412 W, 2 I - + 26 - 18 Raleigh Fire Department Publishes Strategic Plan, 2015-2020

We covered the future plans (prospective or otherwise) of Cary and Apex in their respective prior postings. Let's look at the city and see what they're cooking for the next five years...

The Raleigh Fire Department recently produced a five-year strategic planning document. A copy has been posted to the RFD newsletter site and accompanies an article about the plan in the fall 2015 issue. The plan was created by a thirty-two member planning committee during a series of meetings this summer. It was developed with inputs gathered from a stakeholder survey in May 2015.

Five goals are outlined in the Strategic Plan: promoting workforce excellence, adjusting operational and support staffing levels, strengthening functionality and condition of infrastructure, automating business systems, and enhancing public communication. The thirty-four page document concludes with appendix materials.

Read the strategic plan (PDF)

Let's look closely at staffing, apparatus, and facility objectives through 2020:


  • Hiring 20 firefighters per year, from F17 to F21, to optimize supplemental staffing levels.
  • Expand Operations with second Division, e.g. Three Division Chiefs, three Aides, and three Battalion Chiefs
  • Expand Services with a Division Chief, a Battalion Chief, an Emergency Fleet Parts Coordinator, and a Fire Equipment Inventory Coordinator
  • Expand Training with an Asst. Career Development Coordinator (Lieutenant), and a Fire Academy Training Officer (Lieutenant).
  • Expand Office of Fire Marshal with a Division Chief, a Public Information Officer (PIO), three Fire Educators, four Deputy Fire Marshals, and a Training Officer.

Read the strategic plan (PDF)





  • What would six battalions look like? Page 32 has a prospective map:
    • West Division
      • Station 1, 2, 3, 10, 26
      • Station 4, 9, 15, 16
      • Station 5, 6, 8, 14, 20
    • East Division
      • Station 7, 11, 12, 21, 27
      • Station 19, 22, 25, 28
      • Station 17, 18, 23, 24, 29

Next question, what’s the historical perspective? What sort of earlier (or much earlier) strategic planning documents can be shared, for a backward look?

Here are a trio of planning department reports from decades past. They’re largely (or exclusively) about station locations and other facility needs:


1958 – http://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/histo..
1970 – http://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/histo..
1977 – http://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/histo..

Blog post about the 1958 and 1970 reports:
Legeros - 12/20/15 - 09:37

Wow, everyone should take time to read this, very well done document.
Joseph Latimer - 12/20/15 - 21:41

Remember personal info?

/ Textile

Comment moderation is enabled on this site. This means that your comment will not be visible on this site until it has been approved by an editor.

To prevent spam we require you to answer this silly question

  (Register your username / Log in)

Hide email:

Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.