The regular monthly meeting of the Turkey Creek Fire Territory Board was only 8 1/2 minutes Thursday night. Its brevity was due to Fire Chief Mickey Scott not being in attendance due to a fire.
In reviewing the minutes Kim Cates, board chair, brought up a concern regarding a new state law requiring all firefighters/EMTS to be either signed up or have passed the “advanced EMT” classes by July 1, although no classes are currently being offered in the area. After discussion, board members realized all of Turkey Creek Fire Territory’s EMTs are in compliance with the new law.
Discussion turned to establishing a pension board for PERF. Cates said she thought such a board would be the responsibility of the Turkey Creek Township Advisory Board to establish. Board member Bill Musser asked who would make up the pension board for the public employee retirement fund. Cates said it needed to have three or five people, it must be an odd number, and all members should be elected officials.
Board member Brian Woody said he wants more information as to what specifically the pension board would do and how it should be made up.
Cates suggested a possible special meeting between the fire territory board and the township advisory boards to discuss the pension board. She also suggested asking Scott to provide a definition of what the pension board does.
It was also reported the renovation of station one is going well. Work will be completed by June 1 as the construction crews have other jobs they need to get to.
In Scott’s written report to the board he reported the loaner ambulance was returned to Life Star Rescue and medic number eight was picked up from Braun Ambulance and placed back into service April 23. The ambulance had several warranty issues addressed such as a seal between the cab and patient compartment, new windows installed in the rear doors of the patient compartment and a few other things.
The remounting of the equipment truck was also reviewed April 23. The new chassis has been received and most of the existing interior and exterior components of the box have been removed for upgrades. The truck is expected to be completed sometime in August.
SCUBA divers from the department will begin checking lake hydrants around Lake Wawasee this month for necessary cleaning and repairs.
Scott’s report also noted Matthew Dunithan has completed all his paramedic training, passed both the national registry EMT paramedic practical and written exams and is now a certified paramedic.
Jonathon Hall, Constance McKee and Kyle Stamm have passed all required state practical and national written exams for the new requirements for Indiana EMS-advanced EMT certification.
Chris Longenbaugh, Matthew Stamm, Greg Scott, Daniell Stickel, Derek Patterson and David Santos have passed their practical exams for the new state requirements. These individual are in the process of scheduling their national exams to meet the new requirements.