Public Safety is my highest priority.
The wise decision for Draper to have our own Fire Fighting and Police Forces, while continuing to work with Unified Police and Fire of our county, has proven to be a smart decision by current and former city administrations. We have control over our services and legitimate 4-handed staffing when fires occur, which means our fire fighters can immediately respond and begin fighting the fire upon arrival instead of waiting for backups. Two years ago we were a contract city with Unified Fire Authority and the rates we were paying continued to increase substantially. We have saved significant money and actually increased our revenue by collecting local fees for local problems while enjoying superior services.
The men and women in the police and fire departments put their lives on the line every day to protect our property and us. Having our own police and fire departments allows us control over our staffing levels and costs. Two of the city’s fire stations are staffed now with four people per shift, which is in line with national standards, and allows a higher level of service.
Our new fire department has been able to improve the Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating for Draper City, which determines the fire insurance rates for property owners. This improved rating reduces the cost of fire insurance for private property owners.
Wild land fires are also a concern in Draper. Our Fire Department emphasizes training for these areas and owns the right equipment to help reduce the fire risk. Our department recently received a grant to help install a trail in the city’s open space that will serve as a firebreak line in case of a wild land fire.
Draper Police Department receives approximately 24,000 calls for service every year. With 44 sworn officers this puts a strain on their resources, yet they do an amazing job every day.
Our officers and firefighters focus on providing the best possible public safety to our residents and businesses and are an incredible value to our city.