How do you communicate facility conditions to elected officials? The Lincoln, NE Fire Dept. did multiple station assessments and had usable information available to make critical budget, safety, health, and operational decisions. By appraising a building against current codes, trends, health, safety and welfare, gender equity, ADA compliance and future flexibility, the city has a much better picture of how each station will serve now and into the future. The last critical step is to create a Capital Plan or in Lincoln’s case, a “report card.” The report card format is like how a fire department rates its apparatus. It’s a visual tool that can quickly and effectively communicated to the Council and your Community.