SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
2015 Municipal Innovation Celebration

City of Naperville and Village of Bartlett Win at DMMC Municipal Innovation Celebration

Congratulations go to the City of Naperville for winning the award for "Best Innovation" at the second annual DMMC Municipal Innovation Celebration on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Sixteen municipalities competed for this prestigious title, presenting their innovative and creative ideas for saving time, solving problems, and bringing value to their communities and residents. Secret ballots were cast by those present for "Best Innovation" and "Best Presentation."

Naperville won "Best Innovation" for the Naperville Fire Department's Alternate Response/Rescue Vehicle (ARV) program, a program designed to more efficiently deliver appropriate resources to non-emergency calls.

The Naperville Fire Department has two rescue vehicles which are each staffed, as staffing allows, by one firefighter or firefighter/paramedic trained to respond to non-emergency calls. When such a call comes in, the ARV responds, allowing other emergency vehicles and personnel to be available for higher priority emergency incidents at the same time. Prior to the program, emergency vehicles on the scene of the non-emergency incident could either be delayed in responding to a higher priority emergency or require the assistance of another department. The ARV program increases reliability, reduces fuel use and costs, decreases vehicle maintenance costs, keeps fire suppression units available in their districts for emergency calls, and increases public safety by reducing the number of times a suppression unit is put on the street. Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis received the award for "Best Innovation" on behalf of Naperville.

Congratulations also go to the Village of Bartlett for winning "Best Presentation." Jim Plonczynski, Bartlett Director of Community Development, thrilled the audience by presenting Bartlett's innovative Gravesite Finder while dressed as the Grim Reaper. The Bartlett Cemetery Gravesite Finder allows visitors to the cemetery to access gravesite information through the online application on the Village's website. The application permits people to more easily find the gravesite of a loved one and saves time for Public Works staff.

Special thanks to our other participants, Addison, Aurora, Bensenville, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hanover Park, Lisle, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Villa Park, Warrenville, and Woodridge, for participating in the Municipal Innovation Celebration and sharing their innovations with their fellow municipalities.

Click here to see the 2015 Municipal Innovation Celebration Synopsis
Click here to see the 2015 Municipal Innovation Celebration Booklet

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