2020 FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT
Serving the City of Lee’s Summit as fire chief for my first full year in 2020 will definitely be a year I remember. While most would assume it is due to the pandemic, for me, it was about how Fire Department personnel pulled together to not only maintain high-quality standards in service and operations to the community during these never-experienced times but also because our personnel was able to focus on continual improvement in all facets of the organization. I continue to feel blessed for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization.
This report serves as a record of our 2020 activities and accomplishments. I know there is no true way to document all of the activities that have occurred in a historical 2020. Countless hours have been focused on maintaining a healthy environment for our employees so they are able to respond to emergencies and needs within our community. There was a reduction in some activities that were specifically targeted to eliminate additional exposures to personnel, such as annual company fire safety inspections. While COVID-19 related issues shut the door on some activities, it also opened up new opportunities, for example, virtual fire truck tours.
This year required a lot of understanding, collaboration and willingness to adapt. I believe we met that challenge, but ultimately none of it could have been accomplished without the continued support and combined efforts of all Fire Department employees, city employees, elected officials and most importantly our community.
Chief Mike Snider