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In mid 2009, OFIA President Michael Kinkade assigned Vice President Dan Petersen to establish / update the strategic plan for the OFIA. Chief Petersen established a steering committee made up of over 40 Fire Service Professionals representing OFIA, OFCA, OVFA, DPSST, OSFM, OSHA, ATF, Community Colleges, Career, Volunteer, Combination, Coastal, Eastern, Central, and the I-5 Corridor. The first meeting was held on October 5th, 2009. During this meeting, the group reinforced the need for a strategic plan and established the process to follow with the goal of presenting the plan at the April 2010 OFIA Conference in Bend. The Special Districts of Oregon provided Chief George Dunkel to assist with counsel and facilitation of this process. A SWOT analysis was conducted through a series of 10 regional meetings and an on line survey in the fall of 2009. On December 9 and 10, 2009 the steering committee met at DPSST to process the vast amount of data. This group compiled the information into one SWOT analysis, developed overarching goals and began developing objectives for each of those goals. A smaller focus group met on January 23rd to further develop the goals, objectives, and tasks. On March 15, the Steering Committee met through Web-X to define the expected outcomes for each task.
In March of 2010 the Oregon Fire Service rated the priorities of the tasks associated with the Goals and Objectives through an on line survey. Members were asked to rate each task as High, Medium, Low, or not Applicable. A High Rating was given 1 point, Medium 2 points, Low 3 points, and Not Applicable earned 4 points. The total points divided by the number of respondents gave us the value for each task. Scores less than 1.5 were identified as an ULTRA HIGH priority, 1.5 to 1.75 as a HIGH priority, 1.76 – 1.99 as a MEDIUM TO HIGH priority, and 2.0 and over as a MEDIUM PRIORITY. None of the tasks scored in the Low or Not Applicable area. An action plan sorted by task priority was created to assist the executive board with the follow through of the plan. This information was presented and adopted at the April 2010 annual conference in Bend Oregon.