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Fry Fire Department Monthly board Meeting - first attempt so may not have gotten it all....highlighted a couple of items
FFD = Fry Fire District
FFC = Fry Fire Chief
By way of information and introduction - The Fire Fry Board is voluntary, made up of 5 members.
Reports included – Fire Chief, financial report, review of warrants issued during the past month, application for Governor’s Highway Safety Grant.
Fire Chief’s Report – There is approximately $300,000 on federal community block grant money available. The BOS has $226,000 worth of requests throughout the county and FF has requested $51,000 for one of the fire stations.
Upgraded/advanced the physical fitness requirements for fire fighters, based on an independent study assessment – which cost the FFD $10,000.
The FFD was recognized as best of the best – 1% of 1% of fire stations in Arizona. This is a first for Arizona.
FFC identified the number of calls FFD was involved with:
138 FFD only; 556 SV; 35 assists outside FFD
Auto Aid (these are agreement whereby fire stations backup/assist other fire stations in the area – SV, Palominas, Bisbee).
204 FFD assists to SV
42 SV assists to FFD
New Radio system atop the Mule Mountains will save about $7000 in phone costs to FFD. The radio system was provided by an $80,000 federal grant. The phone coverage will be from Whetstone through SV to Palominas. The antenna meets the 2013 FCC requirements. The directional antenna is stronger, but does not cover Bisbee. Bisbee, FFD will have to use the County communications system.
FFD section budgets due on Friday; final budget to be announced June 2011.
Legislation FFD is following (did you know we have two lobbyist in Phoenix?)
SB 1218 and SB 1361 – from the bill:
6. Declares that any surplus in the district’s Fund for which it was collected for the succeeding fiscal year, and after the subtraction of accounts payable and encumbrances, is used to reduce the property levy in the following tax year.
SB 1279 – from the Bill. Apparently before allowed a consolidated fire district to retain from both (which could be $300,000 from each = $600,000)
Prohibits a fire district or consolidated fire district from receiving more than $400,000 in fire district assistance tax monies, beginning in FY 2013, without regard to whether that fire district is located in more than one county.
SB 1333 – Annexation. Sierra Vista….I’m still reading…it was sponsored by Antenori, Gowan and Stevens…has to do with City Sierra Vista trying to annex more and more county.... ”stuck in committee”
SCR 1039 1018 Amends the Constitution to only allow 1% or 2%
Would circumvent Prop 13….Still reading….but looks like it “is” Prop. 13
HB 2153 would provide the homeowner a CHOICE whether to install residential sprinklers. Governor signed. FFD opposed (???)
Retirement Programs – FFD the employee pays 2.5% and the district (read taxpayer) pays 20%. It is 65% funded. FFD wants 100% so they can include payment of sick leave, vacation, etc…
State Legislatures Retirement plan gives them a full pension after 3 terms.
Budget is the first priority for our legislature.
Bisbee will be losing $250,000 in revenue sharing.
Every year FFD requests approval from the board to apply for the Governor’s Highway Safety Grant – board approved
FFC requested approval to purchase three (3) $4200 blood IVs (this is above his spending level of $10,000). Stated that they have an 85% success rate for IV insertion (no one asked how many patients they assisted or why SV didn’t purchase/or could SV purchase)
Palominas Fire Station – Chief Miller has been assisting for the past several weeks in the absence of a fire chief. He’s suggested three solutions – hire a chief; contract the service with a private company or contract with FFD.
Medical Marijuana was discussed, and the board asked whether FFD had a policy – yes they do. Interesting, the comment was made that a fire fighter would need a prescription, just like for other meds….
I have a copy of the budget and warrants, which I'm familiarizing myself with.