South Bay Fire Department seeks to save money, too

Department begins assertive tax savings plan in Cicero

The South Bay Fire Department is implementing an assertive and innovative plan to help save Cicero taxpayers' money.

The plan began in January with the election of the new South Bay Fire Department board of directors' president, Al Kalfass.

Joining Kalfass is a new board of directors who are very committed to serving the community and saving taxpayers' money through new bid procedures, department auditing, quality assurance, new financial controls, and long-range planning needs and assessments across the entire organization.

The money-saving plan embraces aggressive maintenance and strategic plans to help prolong equipment life. Also included is a volunteer recruitment plan to help the department with the several administrative functions of the organization.

Kalfass' new role is a major component in leading the way for this innovative change.

"Managing teams, effective systems, processes and procedures are some of Al's greatest strengths" said Kent Chandler, board member. "Al's in depth background in personnel and administrative management coupled with his commitment to community and ability to collaborate with volunteers, local municipalities, hospitals, and local businesses, makes him a tremendous asset and the right leader for our team."

The strategy and execution of this new efficient plan is well underway as witnessed by the department's new insurance policy, effective March 1, saving the department and taxpayers $4,938 in one swift move.

The South Bay Fire Department is an all-volunteer organization. The future is bright for the South Bay Fire Department, its members, and the taxpayers of Cicero.

To become part of the team, call 699-2893 of e-mail info@southbayfire.org

Attached photo: Al Kalfass, South Bay Fire Department board of directors' president, stands outside the department located in the town of Cicero.

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