Fire department seeks input on plan

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In the last five years, Wilson Fire/Rescue Services has changed a lot, with a new chief and staffing reorganization, two new firetrucks and more. Now the department is seeking public feedback to develop a strategic plan for the next five years.

“The strategic planning process is essential to determine our focus for the future,” said Fire Chief Albert Alston.

The department has hired a consultant to facilitate the process and lead a discussion with residents from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 29 at the Charles Pittman Operations Center on Herring Avenue. Officials said a random sampling of residents will receive an invitation in the mail, but all residents are welcome to attend. Those wishing to participate are asked to RSVP to Tracy McKeel at tmckeel@wilsonnc.org or 252-399-2842.

“As the Wilson community grows and evolves, a solid strategic plan focused on the future will ensure our department continues to provide essential services to the community,” Alston said.

According to a release, the plan will outline goals to be accomplished, issues to be addressed and ways to improve the department. Public feedback also will help form the department’s mission, vision and core values. The finished plan will be released to the public in September.

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