NORTH BANNOCK FIRE DISTRICT
NBFD FIRE STATION - 444 E Chubbuck Road
December 10, 2020
Meeting was opened by Alan Curtis at 7:02 PM.
Roll call –Alan Curtis, Fire Chief JR Farnsworth. By Zoom - Roy Allen, Debra Shell, Assistant Chief Mark Brood, Bryan Wheat from the Firefighters’ Association, BC Powell and Nathan Cuoio, legal counsel
Mr. Cuoio briefly discussed the need to have a Covid-19 policy in place to lessen the chance of any liability issues. This policy should follow CDC guidelines. Chief Farnsworth has developed a written Covid-19 policy which is in the fire department policy handbook and has been sent to the commissioners.
The following balances were reported by Alan Curtis:
ICCU checking account - $271,545.04
ICCU savings account - $40,046.28
Connections Credit Union checking account - $96,884.89
Connections Credit Union savings account - $25.00
There was a brief discussion as to whether to have Deaton and Associates Co. continue with the fire district’s audits. This will be decided at the next meeting.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT:
Chief Farnsworth reported there were 14 calls in November. Two of the calls were for mutual aid. One of the calls was the department’s first structure fire. There was one call in the far eastern part of the district which had a timely response. There were 6 building site inspections and 8 final building inspections. Twenty burn permits were issued. Engine 11’s foam pump required repair of a wire. Brush 22 required a replacement of a tire. The department participated in several community activities including Christmas in the Nighttime Sky. The firefighters have had 2 community projects to benefit the needy.
A motion was made by Roy Allen and seconded by Debra Shell to authorize up to $20,000 for the purchase of a command vehicle by Commissioner Alan Curtis and Chief Farnsworth and up to $2,000 for the shipment of or travel costs to acquire the vehicle. The motion passed unanimously.
There was a discussion of the purchase of 4 PPEs by the fire chief. Since this cost is covered by the fire department budget, no action was needed.
Chief Brood reported there are 31 volunteer firefighters with 9 of the staff at FF1 or above. There are 4 new volunteers who will initially be trained separately. Training has been adjusted to ensure no more than 10 firefighters are in any one session to follow the CDC’s recommendations. There are 17 firefighters ready to test for the FF1. Chief Brood is posting online training weekly via Target Solutions.
Debra Shell has been unable to contact the person who owns land that may serve as a second station. She and Roy Allen will attempt to recontact him.
White Peterson (attorney) $87.50
Deaton & Co (audit) $5,117.15
ICCU (checks) $43.30
Larsen Fire Apparatus (vehicle maintenance) $535.00
Weidner Fire (PPE, truck equipment) $1,195.03
K & M Repair (vehicle maintenance) $162.50
Intermountain Gas (natural gas) $164.00
Sparklight (internet) $72.24
First Net (phone) $104.08
Idaho Power (electricity) $111.22
Shell – Jackson’s (fuel) $127.91
Witmer Public Safety (truck equipment) $34.96
Witmer Public Safety (volunteer awards) $208.00
NFPA (fire prevention) $257.45
NFPA (training: tuition) $475.00
Snell’s Pharmacy (PPE) $23.98
SLT Graphics (uniforms) $1,357.50
Jackson Lighting (Bulb Town) (supplies) $22.34
Bound Tree Medical (medical equipment) $323.97
Burger King (fire event food) $25.44
There was a discussion of the holiday letter that the department is sending out. The commissioners are to come by the station to sign it.
Chief Farnsworth reported the department has joined the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).
The next regular meeting will be January 14, 2021 at 7 PM.
June Heilman, Secretary
APPROVED AT JANUARY 14, 2021 MEETING
Roy Allen – Contact Boise attorney re: Resolution No. 2020-05