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Graham Fire & Rescue Mission and ValuesMission Statement
"Serving Our Community: Professional, Accountable, Caring"
Exceed customers' expectations. Provide personnel with the necessary support, encouragement, skills, and tools for safe and effective job performance. Operate in the most efficient and fiscally responsible manner possible within available resources. Provide a healthy, happy, empowered, enthusiastic workplace free of harassment and discrimination. Be recognized as an outstanding resource to the community to enhance the quality of life. Foster a management/labor/volunteer/community partnership.
Doing the "right thing" through trust, respect, integrity, commitment, and ethical professional service.
Graham Fire & Rescue Found Financially Sound and Accountable
February 24, 2015 - Fire Chief Ryan Baskett announced today that Graham Fire & Rescue has received verification from two separate, well-respected outside sources of their financial position. “Both reports indicate the District is financially sound and accountable for funds provided by the public,” stated Chief Baskett.
The Washington State Auditor’s Office (S.A.O.) recently completed a financial audit of fiscal year 2013 and found:
“The results of our tests disclosed no instances of noncompliance or other matters that are required to be reported under Government Auditing Standards.”
Additionally, the S.A.O. completed an accountability audit and reported:
“In the areas we audited, District operations complied with applicable requirements and provided adequate safeguarding of public resources. The District also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined.”
Chief Baskett stated, “The Auditor was pleased with the additional transparencies and accountabilities put into place by the District since the previous audits.”
Standard and Poor’s also completed a two-year review of the District’s financial information to assess its bond rating. Bond ratings are used to establish credit for government entities much like a personal credit rating. Their review was completed and the report states:
“Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (‘Ratings Services’) hereby affirms its rating of ‘AA-’ for the above-referenced obligations and stable outlook.”
According to Chief Baskett, “Graham Fire & Rescue works diligently to be fiscally responsible, accountable for the facilities and equipment purchased by the tax payers, as well as being transparent in all aspects of our organization.”
This February 24, 2015 press release is available for download in PDF format from our Press Release page. Accompanying State Auditor Reports and Standard & Poor's reports can be downloaded below:
Has Graham Fire & Rescue Come to Help You?When you see one of our teams or vehicles out in the community, you'll see our mission statement printed on the side of our apparatus: Professional, Accountable, Caring. Stated in that mission is our drive to be Accountable. If we have visited you, we want to know about it!
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