Article Revised: March 28, 2019
The fire department staff of the City of El Paso, TX, was recently able to save hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars by implementing Lean Six Sigma projects. According to a recent article from the El Paso Herald Post, a Green Belt team evaluated some aspects of the department’s programs and made recommendations that resulted in $252,000 in savings. In addition, by implementing these recommendations, the department can save another $111,173 in the future, as well as 13,463 hours.
The team looked into how the department was managing its personal protective equipment inventory, the training time for 911 communications recruits, on the job inquiries and lost days. According to interim fire chief, Mario D’Agostino, the department is enthusiastic about the opportunity to continuously improve its service to the citizens of El Paso through Lean Six Sigma projects.
The city has incorporated Six Sigma training into its strategic plans to deliver services in a timely and efficient manner, the article notes. To date, city staff has saved the taxpayers more than one and a half million dollars and more than 41,000 hours. Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belts are required to complete 100 hours of instruction in order to become well-versed in how to perform and interpret Six Sigma tools and the standard principles of Lean. They must pass a comprehensive exam, proving that they are ready to both lead and support improvement projects.
From the smallest businesses, to large corporations, to government organizations, Six Sigma training can provide the skills necessary to make your services more efficient and save you money.