Chief’s Corner

October 2016

There is a cool change in the weather which reminds us the rains are near as are the holidays. Our summer has been a full one! We were hard at work answering the needs of the community, finding an increase of over 5% in incidents already this year. Year to date, our awesome dispatchers have been credited with saving over 126 lives! Our team also spent over 6 weeks on deployment with our Emergency Communications Van, assisting the strike teams in the field as we fight the wildfires in California and Nevada.

Our SRFECC teams continue to shine as we celebrate several awards over the course of the past few months. Our regional team received a prestigious award at the APCO conference for our implementation of Pulse Point. This particular award recognized the most efficient and expedient implementation of Pulse Point to date. We are very proud of our IT team and congratulate them all


Pulse Point Implementation Team













Congratulations also go to Communications Manager Linda Luis for her special recognition for Manager of the Year, along with Shane Steckelberg for IT Tech of the Year and Anna Meyer for Trainer of the Year! These fine members of our family were recognized at the NAPCO ceremony Friday Oct 14th in Monterey California. We can’t say enough about their work performance, kind hearts and selfless spirit!

Communications Manager of the year, Linda Luis

Communications Manager of the year, Linda Luis

IT Tech of the year, Shane Steckelberg

IT Tech of the year, Shane Steckelberg

Trainer of the year, Anna Meyer

Trainer of the year, Anna Meyer








A round of applause also goes out to Dispatcher Lisa Smelser who received recognition at two different events, both to honor her role in two lifesaving events. The Board of Directors at Cosumnes Special District and the Board of Directors for Galt Police department both honored Lisa on two separate occasions, thanking her for her actions and excellence!

We also welcomed three (3) new members of our SRFECC family as our first ever lateral only dispatcher academy graduated on October 12th in a ceremony recognizing their hard work and dedication to SRFECC.   We are happy to welcome Dawn Gaffney, Greg Wilson and Candyce Finley as well as their family members to our organization. We also officially recognized the promotion of Kelly Campbell to Dispatcher. We are very proud of those who choose to be part of SRFECC!

Our new CAD project is moving forward as our Regional CAD Build Team continues to work together to build the best CAD ever! Our GIS team is working diligently to ensure all the addresses in the entire region are exact and ready to go! We are so excited about the future and the advantages we will have with the Tyler Technologies New World CAD.

We completed the Comcast fiber Metro E project which will ensure high speed deliverables at the most critical times for the safety of our constituents and community members.

A huge shout out to Denise Tackett, Megan Crosthwaite & Shelby Tackett for their customer service and hard work at our extremely successful Conference and Training Center at 3121 Gold River, Rancho Cordova. We receive compliments daily citing their professionalism, kindness, attentiveness as well as the cleanliness of the conference rooms. Well done ladies!

I cannot say enough about the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others. Each member of our organization understands the importance of team and support. We understand that having one another’s back makes the organization stronger and the service even greater. We are blessed!

So, what now? Our organization has many projects on the horizon as we look strategically forward. Some of the projects are the UPS replacement, P-25 Console purchase (analog to digital radio migration), Staten Island Antenna project, Swissphone paging system implementation, and the 2nd phase of the new CAD project.

It goes without saying that we are proud to represent our 10 Fire Agencies and even more proud to represent and serve you, our community. We are always happy to answer any of your questions or to just say hello! As always, feel free to reach out to any of our team for anything you need.

Enjoy the fall weather and take care of one another!

Teresa Murray

Chief Executive Director SRFECC