Fire District wins statewide awardThe Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) honored the Cloquet Area Fire District April 13 with a Local Government Innovation Award, which recognizes outstanding cities, counties and schools in Minnesota that demonstrate results in improving local services.
By: Press release, Pine Journal
The Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) honored the Cloquet Area Fire District April 13 with a Local Government Innovation Award, which recognizes outstanding cities, counties and schools in Minnesota that demonstrate results in improving local services.
The Cloquet Area Fire District, city of Cloquet, Perch Lake Township, city of Scanlon, and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa began collaborative provision of fire and EMS services. Perch Lake Township and the city of Cloquet began with a joint powers agreement for fire and EMS, which led to work at the legislature in 2009 with the Special Taxing District Language. In 2010 a contract with the sovereign nation of Fond du Lac was signed for fire suppression and, in 2011 with the city of Scanlon. The Cloquet Area Fire District now has 58 fire personnel working out of three stations, which has saved $250,000 and improved service to all area citizens.
A Fire District Board oversees the operation of the district and provides direction for the Fire District Chief. The board consists of representatives from the city of Cloquet, Perch Lake Township, the city of Scanlon, and one at-large member.
“This is an award that our residents and fire staff should be very proud of,” said Brian Fritsinger, Cloquet city administrator. “I think this award recognizes the forward-thinking and vision of our elected officials to rethink service delivery, especially in an industry that is steeped in tradition and history.
“It also recognizes that without the involvement, dedication and support of the employees in the district and their willingness to evolve in an effort to provide the best service possible to the people they serve that this could not have been accomplished,” Fritsinger continued. “I laud the work of both our elected officials and district employees.”
This year’s awards focus on service redesign. Winners were selected for innovative work that integrated redesign strategies, such as creating greater accountability; using incentives, charges and targeting; funding consumers; and other innovative strategies.
In addition to the CAFD’s larger combined response to emergency calls, the redundancy of equipment has been reduced by strategically planning and locating apparatus for optimum response.
This cycle of awards, together with the recently released Local Government Innovation and Redesign Guide, are part of PNLC’s mission to enhance the ability of nonprofit, philanthropic and public sector organizations to work together – and with the private sector – to advance the common good and serve the public interest.
The Humphrey School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping policy and planning at the local, state, national, and international levels, as well as for providing leadership and management expertise to public and nonprofit organizations.