Fortuna volunteer fire department comes out with new mission

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

The Fortuna volunteer fire department has announced a new mission and vision statement to extend their dedication and purpose to the community. The newly formed statements are reflected on the side of their engines in the form of a motto.

The process took months and the combined efforts of the Fortuna volunteer fire department captains, chiefs, and membership. They have now finalized their mission and vision Statements.

Chief Lon Winburn states, "A mission statement, in general terms, is a statement of an organizations' overall objective. A vision statement breaks down a mission statement into more specific goals for an organization. Values are the guiding principles upon which the vision and mission statements are built and by which the department is operated."

Most all public and many private agencies have developed mission and vision statements since their inception. The Fortuna volunteer fire department believed it was time to in writing carry out their high standards of personal accountability to the community that they have always maintained.

The volunteer fire department took a long hard look at the history they could find about the department and determined that there has never really been a tangible mission or vision statement.

The volunteer fire department affirms, "We have always held ourselves accountable to upholding fire service culture and the values associated with that culture, we felt it was time to develop those statements as a means of focus on and also to pass on to newer members the true purpose of the organization."

The volunteer fire department presents their new mission statement as, "To preserve and protect the life, health and property of the residents of the Fortuna Fire Protection District from fire, disaster and emergency incidents through education, training, prevention and preparation."

The volunteer fire department submits their new vision statement as, "We are committed to active participation within our community, to serve as role models and to effectively utilize all our available resources to provide the highest level of service possible. We will strive to maintain our operational readiness and response capabilities to meet the needs of our community both now and into the future."

Values ring loud with the volunteer fire department and they share, "We value the following guiding principles and believe they establish the foundation upon which our members are able to build an effective emergency services team with honesty, integrity, respect, teamwork, and professionalism."

Those in the Fortuna Fire Protection District are well aware of the dedication and high standards of their department. It is reflected in the professional responses to local needs, volunteer activities, and willingness to go where others are fleeing to help those in need. The department puts in many hours every year to keep their training top notch and assure the community they are prepared for whatever disaster or need comes their way.

Next time you attend a local event look around and most likely you will find a volunteer fire department member helping out in one way or another. Maybe introduce yourself, shake a hand, and extend gratitude for the volunteer work these men and women provide to our local community.

The Fortuna volunteer fire department is proud of the work they have put into these new statements and can be reached for further comment at 725-5021.

Submitted photo

Fortuna volunteer fire department equipment officers (l-r) Lt. Alan Mendes, Lt. Cliff Freitas, Lt. Jim Colby, Lt. Ken Lytle, and (not pictured) Lt. Cody Waddell stand proudly in front of an engine reflecting their motto "Always Ready -- Always Willing."

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