November 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
NORTH BANNOCK COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT
NBCFD FIRE STATION - 444 E Chubbuck Road
November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Meeting opened by Steve Klauser at 7:00 PM
Roll call –Steve Klauser, Alan Curtis, Roy Allen (by phone)
A motion was made by Alan Curtis and seconded by Steve Klauser to approve the agenda. The motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Alan Curtis and seconded by Roy Allen to approve the minutes of the October 25, 2019 meeting. The motion passed with Steve Klauser abstaining.
FIRE CHIEF REPORT – Chief Farnsworth presented the report. There have been two calls this month. One was a trailer fire at the corner of Morgan and Reservation Road. Fort Hall was dispatched first and had the fire out when the NBCFD Fire Department arrived. The response times were good. Fort Hall was released from the scene and the NBCFD engine crew assisted with the overhaul. The Fire Chief subsequently met with the State Fire Marshall who noted ways the Chief could be of assistance in future investigations. The second call was for a lift-assistance, but the crew was cancelled enroute.
Status of ICCU Jeep: The ICCU has donated a JEEP to the Fire Department which will be utilized as the command vehicle for the Assistant Chief. It will be available in the next 2 weeks.
Status of INL/Forest Service Type 4 Brush Truck: This truck is being lent to the Fire Department indefinitely at no cost to the department. The transfer is being arranged with USFS and DOE property offices. it will probably be here in a couple of months.
Cost & Timeline for Brush Truck: The balance for the light package is $5,243.04. The tank company will have the tank ready to ship on December 13. The total cost was $19,480.75. The remaining balance is $7,480.75.
Fire Station Property Appraisal: The appraisal by Kirkham Appraisals listed the market value at $660,000. This was above the purchase price of $500,000.
Fire Station Phase I Survey: The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment was completed by Xcell Engineering LLC on October 12, 2019. There were no environmental issues identified.
Fire Department Budget: The total expenditures for October were $2,970.22. This included expenditures for station and office supplies, fire suppression equipment, fire prevention supplies, medical supplies/equipment, tool and work equipment, fuel, vehicle maintenance, utilities, internet, vehicle registrations and software. An attempt has been made to keep the expenditures to a minimum and still maintain operations. On the revised budget for the department, all district line items have been removed. There is a need for one set of turnouts and helmets and boots for 3 new firefighters. The total needed for these PPEs is $2,965.
SCBA Fill Station: Fort Hall Fire Department donated a Mako SCBA Fill Station. This fulfills an essential need for the department. The fill station would be about $45,000 if purchased new. This will be installed in the station. Now there is no need to purchase the mobile air trailer for $15,000. Fort Hall also donated 16 MSAs air packs and 32 air bottles with a value of about $16,000. The air packs were newer than the ones previously donated and have an integrated PASS device with them. The air bottles need to be hydrostatically tested which is $20 per bottle for a total of $640. They need to be tested every 5 years. The SCBA fill station needs to be installed in the station, tested and certified for a cost of about $1,200.
Pocatello Fire Department Engine: The PFD has 3 surplus fire engines for sale. Engine 5 would best fit the needs of the department. It is a 1994 Pierce Dash Custom with a foam system, 750-gallon tanks and 1500 gpm waterous pumps with Detroit motors. The engine has 102,747 miles. The price is $12,000. The engine would fill some critical needs for the department including additional manpower (5 seats), additional tools, and most importantly, a secondary water supply during operations. This engine could eventually be placed in the Canyons when there is a second station.
There was a discussion regarding the financial status of the district. There have been unanticipated expenses. Another budget needs to be prepared to anticipate the expenditures for at least the next year.
* Alan Curtis made a motion to authorize $1,840 for the SCBA station installation, testing and certification and the hydrostatic testing of the 32 air bottles and $2,965 for the PPEs needed. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed unanimously.
TRAINING REPORT – Assistant Chief Brood presented the report. To date 124 hours of training have accrued
The average for most voluntary departments is 198 hours per year. An Emergency Vehicle Operator Training Course will be held on November 16, 2019 at the Fire Station. A training simulator on loan at no charge from the College of Eastern Idaho will be utilized. All volunteers will be involved in the course. The firefighters will be given an opportunity to work toward Firefighting 1 certification. It is a 120-hour course. Part of the curriculum will be online with hands on and testing on drill nights. If 70% of the firefighters have the Level I certification, then the department can apply for grants offered by AFG.
TREASURER REPORT – Steve Klauser presented the report. The data is incomplete as no one person has access to all of the financial information. He indicated he is resigning from the position of treasurer effective immediately. Alan Curtis will assume the position of treasurer. It was noted that Erin Hobbs is donating her time as bookkeeper.
* Alan Curtis made a motion to have credit cards obtained through ICCU. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed unanimously.
* Alan Curtis made a motion to purchase the PFD fire engine for $12,000. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed with Alan Curtis and Steve Klauser voting for the motion and Roy Allen voting against it.
* Alan Curtis made a motion to hold the approval of the SOPs and SOGs until the next meeting. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed unanimously. There was discussion of lights and sirens on the personal vehicles of the firefighters. Roy Allen thought there needed to be greater clarification of the issue.
* Alan Curtis made a motion to authorize the setting up of electronic billing and payment of the recurring expenses. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed unanimously.
* Alan Curtis made a motion to approve the debit card purchases as listed below. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed with Roy Allen abstaining.
Shell (Fuel) $40.00
Shell (Fuel) $18.48
Shell (Fuel) $23.50
Idaho Transportation Dept (Vehicle registration/License plates) $23.69
Shell (Fuel) $26.40
Shell (Fuel) $36.45
* Alan Curtis made a motion to authorize the payment of the following invoices as listed below. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed with Roy Allen abstaining.
Advance Auto (Vehicle maintenance) $22.94
Advance Auto (Tools) $24.79
North Ridge Fire Equipment (Fire suppression equipment) $115.29
North Ridge Fire Equipment (Fire suppression equipment) $102.95
Norco (Equipment maintenance) $78.25
Ben Hall (Home Depot – Building maintenance – reimbursement) $136.74
Intermountain Gas (Gas) $103.64
Intermountain Gas (Gas) $175.63
JR Farnsworth (Fuel – reimbursement) $95.22
Idaho Power (Electricity) $128.94
Sparklight Internet (Internet) $72.24
Advance Auto (Equipment maintenance) $45.07
Vehicle Lighting Systems (Brush truck) $5,243.04
City of Pocatello (Fire Engine) $12,000
* Alan Curtis made a motion to move forward with the purchase of the property for the fire station in acknowledgement of the results of the appraisal. The motion was seconded by Steve Klauser. The motion passed unanimously.
Steve Klauser discussed the need for the new commissioners to familiarize themselves with the Idaho Open Meeting Law which has recently undergone some changes.
The next meeting will be held on December 12, 2019 at 7PM.
* Steve Klauser made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Alan Curtis. The motion passed unanimously.
June Heilman, Secretary
APPROVED AT DECEMBER 19, 2019 MEETING