The Turkey Creek Fire Board Monday, May 8, approved the purchase of four self-contained air units, 10 oxygen cylinders and eight face masks for the territory’s firefighters, as requested by Fire Chief Mickey Scott.
The appropriation included the $29,513.50 purchase price and shipping.
The department had allocated $30,000 for the purchase in its 2017 equipment replacement budget.
Delivery of the equipment is expected to take place in 60 to 90 days, according to Scott.
In his April report, Scott noted:
• For the first third of 2017, the department utilized only 21.32 percent of its budget.
• The department responded to nine fire calls and 84 EMS calls and reported only $100 estimated property damage to a retaining wall from a brush fire. That was the territory’s first property loss of the calendar year.
• The truck committee is finalizing the bid specifications for a new tanker. “Once these bid specifications are finalized, we will advertise for bids and bring the bids to the board for consideration,” said Scott.
• Department personnel underwent 363.5 hours of training during the month. Topics included truck and equipment inspections and operations checks, SCBA drills, geographical familiarization, ladder operations, audit and review of EMS charts, diabetic emergencies, spinal immobilization and advanced airway control procedures.
• Department executives met with the territory’s attorney and an architect to review the list of needed improvements to both fire stations. “Hopefully we will have the final list of items very soon so we can advertise for bids for these improvements,” said Scott.
• Repairs have been made to the department’s aerial truck. The truck passed inspection and the department received a certificate of compliance.
• The department will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. “or until sold out” Saturday, June 3. “Benefits will go to assist a retired firefighter from our department with medical expenses,” said Scott. “We would like to have the citizens of our community attend this fundraiser and help us support one of our own.”
• The department will participate in the town’s Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 29.
The board will next meet at 6:45 p.m. Monday, June 12, at Syracuse Town Hall.