As the Fire Chief of the Tuskegee Fire Department it is my honor to present this summary of our activities for the year 2012. We have continued to face new challenges due to the budget constraints and this year was no different. I am pleased to report that our delivery of emergency services continues to set the standard in the fire service, and continue to be our top priority. The men of this Department has responded to 309 calls for service. As in previous years, the majority of the incidents we respond to are medical emergencies. Our department continues to work closely with the Utilities Board of Tuskegee with fire hydrant upgrades, annual fire hydrant flow testing, and mapping of all fire hydrants and their current data.This year we experienced several costly emergency repairs needed on all 3 of our fire apparatus. It is our desire in 2013 to replace at least one of our Engines with a newer one. Throughout the year, we conducted numerous fire station tours and are continually looking for innovative ways to reach the public with our fire safety messages. The Fire Marshal continues to assets in the inspection of businesses for code compliancy, and leads all fire investigations to determine their origin and cause. We assist businesses in reviewing their emergency preparedness plans and critique their actual “live fire drills” when requested.With the support of the Mayor, City Council, our City Manager and his staff, as well as the other City departments and supporting governmental agencies, we continue to be an exemplary organization that prides itself on being proactive, efficient, and exceptionally effective in our delivery of services. Thank you to all of the members of this fine organization for your dedication and continued commitment to excellence.