Sep 22 2015
September 17th, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes
Garden City Fire District
Approval of Past Minutes: Motion by Brian, 2nd by Howard, vote was unanimous.
Public comment: Chris Coray asked what the plans are for the white truck. Perry spoke with the state guy and was told that now that the district has the new 5 ton, the old truck is no longer ours. It will be towed to Randolph where the state will sell it for parts.
Items for Follow-Up:
Items for discussion:
Pump Testing (Mike): Pump test was done on Engine 40, which passed and is working well.
Engine 40 Foam System (Mike): The foam pump system has not been working since Mike has been on the department. The pump system is being looked at and the repair will be a few thousand dollars. Mike will be given a bid and then the decision will be made whether the repair will take place this year or will be held off until the new budget. Randall asked where the budget is sitting currently. Right now we are about 75% of the way through the year, but the expenses are at about 58% of budget, not including the boat. With the boat factored in, we are at about 67% of budget. However, repairs are much higher than were expected this year and there are some large expenses still to come before the end of the year. Tiffany recommended holding a budget hearing in October to amend the current year budget to move expenses between categories and also to add in a transfer from the capital projects fund to cover the boat purchase. If the funds are needed, then the transfer will be made. If other expenses remain lower than budget at the end of the year, the transfer will not be made.
Vehicle/Equipment/Station Service Requests: There is a broken sway bar link on Brush 43 again. Mike will look at doing the repair in-house and will send it out if needed.
Purchase Requisitions: None this time.
Equipment Status: Everything is working well except the items mentioned above.
Responses: 3 dumpster fires, 1 heavy equipment fire, 2 CO Calls, 3 fire alarms 7 medical assists, 1 rescue (1 adult and 2 children on a floatie that got blown away from shore too far), rescue of 2 swimmers, joint training with Idaho and Utah state parks.
Utah state parks received the radio frequencies from Idaho so that the Utah radios will be able to communicate with the Idaho boat radios. The fire district can also program their radios to communicate with Idaho. The cost would be about $2800. Mike is planning to just continue with the back door communication through dispatch for now until the state parks see how well the radios work and then this might be a budgeted item for a future year.
New or Miscellaneous Business: Brett England has resigned has captain and fire fighter due to personal and family issues. Mike has told him that his stuff will be available and if he wants to come back before his certifications expire he is welcome to. Mike has offered the captain position to Brandon Weatherston and if he declines it will be offered to Shane Rasmussen.
The ISO rating has dropped from a 6 to a 7. Mike has called and left a voicemail and sent an email to ISO. The summary letter stated that there is a deficient water supply due to Swan Creek not meeting the standards. Mike initially thought it was due to a lack of communication, but he has found that it may actually be due to the water supply in Swan Creek not actually meeting standards. Mike is going to confirm that with ISO and then ask if Swan Creek can be broken out to receive a separate ISO rating. Sweetwater and the city have invested a lot of money in their systems and it is in unfair to have the whole district lowered by one area. The district has 30 days to send ISO a letter requesting a review of the rating, and then has 60 days to issue a letter stating what changes will be made to the district to bring the ISO rating back up. Not all insurance companies base rates on the ISO rating. Often they call Mike to ask questions about the fire protection capabilities in the area, however, the rating can affect homeowners’ insurance rates. Howard asked Mike to send a registered letter to ISO and to the HOA president to find out what is going on. Brian also felt that the county should be held partially responsible for approving the subdivision and building permits when the water system may not be adequate.
The Budget Hearing/Christmas Party will be scheduled for December 4th at 6pm.
Randall texted the Swan Creek HOA president who stated he has not received the letter or been notified of the issue. ISO was supposed to send it to all of the HOA presidents. Randall also stated that there is a sign in Swan Creek that states do not use the fireplaces and he asked if Mike had anything to do with it. Mike stated that he did not, but Ideal Beach had been having issues with people burning in ones that shouldn’t be burnt in.
Perry Wakefield’s term ends in December and he will not be resubmitting his name. The position will be posted in October. The second individual whose term would be ending is Jenny England, however, since she was put on just recently, the county stated she would finish out this term and continue through the next term.
Randall brought the extra key for the file cabinet and gave it to Brian House, so the two keys are now held by Randall and Brian.
Randall completed the online open and public meetings act.
Review and Approval of Current Expense Invoices
Motion to adjourn by Brian, 2nd by Howard, vote was unanimous. Meeting was adjourned at 7:08pm.
Sep 24 2015
Fall and winter are Chimney Fire Seasons
The summer tourist crowds are gone ushering in the peace and tranquility of the fall & winter seasons.
That peace and tranquility can be interrupted by a chimney fire if you have a wood burning stove or fireplace.
Chimney fires, especially in older homes with old brick and mortar chimneys or newer homes with flu pipes through a roof or attic and roof can seem small or you may think you can handle it but sometimes a small crack in brick and mortar or a small separation in the flu pipe in an attic or where it passes through the roof can lead to disaster – sometimes hours after you think the chimney fire is out.
If you have a chimney fire – call 911 and report a chimney fire – Garden City Fire District (GCFD) will dispatch our firefighters to extinguish the fire and evaluate the situation for a possible attic or roof fire. We would rather respond to a chimney fire than to a structure fire hours later.
Something to think about!
If you have not had your chimney cleaned in a few years you could have an event just waiting to happen.
GCFD recommends having your chimney cleaned every 2 years if you use wood fires as your sole heat source
GCFD recommends having your chimney cleaned every 4 to 5 years if you are casual wood fire user.
Even though Garden City and all of Bear Lake is remote from any city of size you can still find chimney cleaning services in the local area.
DO IT YOURSELFER ?? GCFD has chimney cleaning tools that can be borrowed for a day. Call our office to reserve or drop by to pick up the tools (first come – first serve).