Our View: Folsom FD puts community, integrity first

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When it comes to fire safety and responsiveness, Folsom is by far a city that stands out from so many others. This local newspaper sees first-hand, the number of emergency calls the City of Folsom Fire Department receives each and every day. We also see the prompt response each incident receives, and most importantly, we see the professionalism and the compassion our local fire personnel possesses, from the administrative staff, to the first responders and all the way up to our local Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez, who spends so much time engaging with the community both with and on behalf of his firefighters.

When it comes to team management, Rodriguez has made such an impact in Folsom throughout the last year. The key word to this man’s success as a leader is “teamwork.” When you converse with Rodriguez regarding the fire department, you will never hear the word “I” in his dialogue, instead you will consistently hear the word “we” and it is that team environment that makes the Folsom Fire Department the strong city agency that is has become.

The Folsom Fire Department follows a strict set of standing orders, which can be found on their website for all to review. Among them are making service their highest focus, come to the aid of the community quickly and perform skillfully; be professional and always act with integrity while treating everyone with dignity; and being safe in their attitude and actions. The last item on their list of orders is to take care of each other, which clearly states the Folsom Fire Department puts the community first.

Serving more than 77,000 people on a daily basis is no easy feat. Doing it in a moment’s notice is even a bigger task. In the month of January alone, the Folsom Fire Department responded to a total of 695 different incidents in our city. Considering January is not within fire season, this is an impressive workload, especially when you consider the customer service these men and woman provide is so very different than many others.

Oftentimes, they are witness to a person’s first breath of life and many others, the last person to grasp someone’s hand. It’s a career that is not for the light-hearted. As residents, it’s a career we should have great respect and appreciation for.

As Folsom continues to grow, rest assured the Folsom Fire Department is set to grow along with it. We currently have four fire stations in our city and the construction of Station 39 in Empire Ranch is moving along quickly. There are plans for additional stations as the city grows south of Highway 50.

At the end of 2017, Folsom welcomed 13 new firefighters to the department and just last week, promoted another three to higher ranks. It is the constant focus on service and engagement with the community, from its leaders to its residents that keeps the Folsom Fire Department above the rest, today and for years to come. 

– The Folsom Telegraph