NORTH BANNOCK FIRE DISTRICT
NBFD Fire Station – 444 E. Chubbuck Road
February 10, 2022 @ 5:30 pm
OPEN MEETING - Meeting opened at 5:30pm by Board President Shell.
ROLL CALL - Commissioner Shell, Commissioner Johnson, Commissioner Curtis, Chief Brood and Board Secretary Ramirez were all present.
Approval of agenda - Commissioner Curtis moved and was seconded by Commissioner Johnson to approve the agenda. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of minutes of January 13, 2022 Regular Meeting - Commissioner Johnson moved and was seconded by Commissioner Curtis to approve the minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of minutes of February 7, 2022 Special Meeting - Commissioner Johnson moved and was seconded by Commissioner Shell to approve the minutes. Commissioners Shell & Johnson voted yes to approve and Commissioner Curtis abstained from the vote.
Idaho Central statement balances as of January 31, 2022
Connections Credit Union statement balances as of January 31, 2022
Taxes have been filed by The Accounting Office.
The Accounting Office found some discrepancies with the PERSI payments. Commissioner Curtis has issued 2 checks to pay the corrected amounts.
W9s for the vendors used by the district have been collected.
Deaton sent a letter/contract for the upcoming year’s audit, but the commissioners want to get additional estimates before signing the letter. Secretary Ramirez will get a list of other CPAs that can perform a government audit.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT
In the month of January, we ran 4 calls for service: Engine assist for CPR in progress, mutual aid with Fort Hall Fire: structure fire, false alarm: human error set off smoke detector, and gas leak due to a propane truck accident.
We have 26 members: 1-Chief, 1-Battalion Chief, 2 Captains, 22 Firefighters
All of our fire apparatuses have received the annual 1911 NFPA Pumper inspections and service.
We have all PPE accounted for including the missing 13 SCBA masks and all members have been issued with new turnouts and a SCBA facemask.
Still working on the five-year fire department plan, assigning a committee from the membership to assist.
We were just offered another home to conduct a training burn. This will include Pocatello Fire and Fort Hall Fire. I will also be inviting Chubbuck Fire.
EMS: Online course understanding our role in a mass/school shooting event.
Fire: We conducted hands-on training which included; Ladders, Search and Rescue, Fire company operations with deploying fire hose, and SCBA.
This month we will be conducting our Wildland Training for the upcoming season.
The chief will be sending four to five members to SIFA (Southeast Idaho Fire Academy) the weekend of Feb. 18-20. Registration will cost around $250.00 for 5 members plus lodging and meals. Estimated total $1,500.00.
Bryan Wheat as well as the chief will be attending a Fire Inspection 101 training in Gooding, Idaho the weekend of March 5th and 6th which is put on by the Idaho State Fire Marshal.
FIREFIGHTERS’ ASSOCIATION - Nothing
Approval of monies received - Commissioner Curtis made a motion and was seconded by Commissioner Johnson to approve the monies received. The motion passed unanimously.
Authorization of payment of fire district invoices - Commissioner Curtis made a motion and was seconded by Commissioner Johnson to pay the invoices. The motion passed unanimously.
Authorization of payment of fire department invoices - Commissioner Curtis made a motion and was seconded by Commissioner Johnson to pay the invoices. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of auto pay invoices - Commissioner Curtis made a motion and was seconded by Commissioner Johnson to approve the auto pay invoices. The motion passed unanimously.
Approval of credit card charges - Commissioner Curtis made a motion and was seconded by Commissioner Johnson to approve the payment of the department credit card purchases. The motion passed unanimously.
Status of vehicle/apparatus acquisition - The tender and shipping has been paid for by wire transfer. Just waiting for delivery.
Status of acquisition of land for a second station - Commissioner Johnson has been in contact with the surveyor and we’re waiting for him to plot out options. Commissioner Johnson will follow up on the survey.
Wants & needs for the new station - Station options, what are we looking for?
New station off of Pocatello Creek and Anderson. 80’x80’ 6400 ft2 @ $125-164 per sq ft - $800K.
Build a second station out in the area of Tyhee or Reservation.
Remodel our current location at roughly a cost of $65.00 - $125.00 a square foot 4,000ft2 - $260K-500K. We would need to update the facility to make it ADA compliant as well as check on the current property hookups for code compliance. Include a training/meeting room and bathrooms. We could move the offices into the home on the property which would also house dorms downstairs for a future FF intern program. House: 988ft2 @ $65.00 a square foot = $65K - $100K.
SD3 build a two-bay substation or make it the main station? The chief is seeing some growth in that district with larger homes that include shops/barns.
Call volumes since October 2019: SD1 - 52 Incidents; SD2 - 43 Incidents; and SD3 - 24 Incidents. Most calls are occurring in SD1 however some of that property is either annexed now or in the process as well as parts of SD2. Between SD1 and 2 we have had 95 Incidents so should we maintain a Station 1 here or in the area?
Discussion about being part of the opioid settlement resolution
The commissioners discussed the resolution template that they had received and whether the district would be or should be part of the settlement. The district will not receive any of the money. This is simply a resolution of support.
A motion was made by Commissioner Johnson and seconded by Commissioner Shell to sign the resolution. Commissioners Shell & Johnson voted yes, Commissioner Curtis voted no.
Per guidelines, the resolution (2022-01) was read in its entirety in the board meeting and signed.
Secretary Ramirez will notarize and send the signed resolution to the state Attorney General’s office.
Discussion about putting Department tablets on FirstNet account
The Chief met with Hallie Kelsey from FirstNet to discuss our options and costs. The idea is that the devices will be used to access our Emergency Reporting System for mapping directions, Hydrant/Cistern locations and any of the pre-fire plans we have for our commercial structures within our district.
It would be $36.80 per tablet x 8 tablets =$294.40 for unlimited service.
Another option is a 5gb shared usage plan: $34.00 for the first tablet plus $12.00 per extra tablet x 8 = $118.00.
Commissioner Curtis made a motion and was seconded by Commissioner Johnson to approve the addition of the tablets to the FirstNet account for $118 a month. The motion passed unanimously.
Discussion of pay call service for volunteers
Under FLSA in regards to offering some type of incentive program, the chief has come up with a recommendation of providing a monthly or quarterly stipend. With our budget having $16,000 earmarked for volunteer benefits to also include the savings in payroll of $14,000 (need to confirm), then we should have $30,000.00 available.
There would be $1,200.00 a year or $100.00 a month per member times 25 members.
Benefits would be based on a percentage of their training not per call. Example if they make 100% of the training for the month, they are eligible for the $100.00 allotment. 50% of the training would mean $50.00. This would be an incentive type of system which I believe will help keep most members current with their assigned training.
The chief will do more research and this item will be on the March agenda.
PUBLIC COMMENT - None
NEW BUSINESS - Commissioners Shell & Johnson brought up whether Secretary Ramirez could be given some authority to prepare bills and checks for approval by the board. Commissioner Curtis felt that was a good idea and will set up the ICCU bill pay account for Ramirez to enter the bills into the system and then Commissioner Curtis will approve the payments.
ADJOURNMENT - Commissioner Johnson made a motion and was seconded by Commissioner Curtis to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 7:06pm.
Todd Ramirez, Board Secretary