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2014-12-18 Board Meeting Minutes

Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Minutes
December 18, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 7:06 pm. Present were Bobby Vrba, Rich Lopez, Paul Garabedian, Dave Sturtz, Rick Geesaman & Chief Chris Finn.

Minutes were approved.

Chief’s Report: We had a rollover accident Sat 12/13. No injuries. There was a “med check” at about 2 am 12/18 in Sunshine. There is a possibility of conflict with the flatlands departments regarding the use of the training center for live burns, due to a new standard. The mountain chiefs are compiling a letter to the training board contesting this. The Board may be asked to sign a letter in assent. 12 new pagers came in, first ones going to people without radios. We’ll be getting some more next year. Chris presented a new info sheet/firefighter application which we will be using for new recruits. He also noted a revision to the budget due to our valuation being slightly lower than we had thought. The search for a new truck is ongoing, and we are looking into retrofitting an existing truck with a larger tank to suit our needs. Dave recapped the car fire training. Chris reiterated that our aims for 2015 are at least one dry hydrant in Left Hand and a new truck.

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Planning: Rich suggested that we take some time for some long-term thinking, say five years. Chris sees as many as 10 dry hydrants in Left Hand. He’d like to see three 30,000 gallon cisterns elsewhere in the district. We see having two new trucks by then, ideally a new tender in addition to a new engine. Dave asked about whether we can even dream of a new station, and Chris said that seems questionable but we should keep it in mind. The question of firefighters was brought up. Chris dreams of having 15 new, young, trained firefighters by then. Rich wondered about the budget in the coming years, and Chris thinks that with what we have and the possibility of some grants we can do what needs to be done. Chris noted the need for improved Public Relations.

Dave noted that he will miss the February meeting. Chris will be gone in March.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:03 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dave Sturtz