Turkey Creek Fire Chief Mickey Scott reported Monday, Feb. 13, his department utilized only 88.92 percent of its budget allotment in 2016. He requested the fire board encumber the statutory maximum for the 2017 fiscal year.
The board unanimously carried over $80,788 to the department’s equipment fund. The amount represents the 5 percent of the previous year’s total budget as allowed by state law.
The board also approved $13,000 for paramedic training for two full-time firefighter/EMT employees. The 17-month program will begin in April.
The firefighters will be required to sign a contract committing to four years of service in the department after training.
In addition, the firefighters will be contractually bound to reimburse the department for the full cost of tuition if they fail to pass the course.
Given the department’s record, however, such an event is unlikely.
The department is required to have a paramedic available for every shift; it keeps two on duty at all times.
Scott also reported:
• The department responded to 12 fire calls and 113 EMS calls in January. The territory suffered no property loss during the month.
• Department personnel underwent 350.5 hours of training in January. Subjects included pre-hospital obstetrics and newborn care, crime scene forensics, pediatric fever assessment and treatment, truck and equipment operation, effective rural water delivery, building construction and command operations.
• One firefighter is taking a fire instructor I class and one is taking a module A firefighter class.
• The foam system on one of the department’s engines is being repaired.
• The department accepted applications for a full-time firefighter/paramedic and is currently working on filling the position.
• The department has formed a committee to “work on the specifications for the new vacuum tanker that is scheduled for purchase this year to replace the 1999 tanker that we have,” said Scott.
• The department conducted CPR training classes in January for employees of Syracuse Public Works Department and Little Lambs Day Care.
“We will continue to conduct these training classes as we receive sign-ups,” said Scott. “We encourage citizens from the public to sign up and attend these classes. The classes are free.”
To sign up, call (574) 457-5507.
• Scott has scheduled a meeting with an architect “to document the bid specifications for the improvements to the fire stations we budgeted for in the 2017 equipment replacement fund.”
The board will next meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Syracuse Town Hall.