Lawrence County Firefighters Association
February 27th, 2007
Shawswick Station 1

Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence. Minutes of the meeting held January 16th were read and approved.

Steve read a report about the number of deaths related to fires. The article was given to Dianna Wires in hopes this could be used as part of her articles to make the public aware of the need for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. She attended our meeting to start her series of articles for the Times-Mail in March about volunteer fire fighters & departments.

Steve then went over some of the changes in the FEMA grants this year. Several departments were represented at the AFG meeting February 26th at the Bloomington Township Fire Department. The March 5th start date has been temporarily postponed, but departments were advised to print out the information packet from 2006 and study it until the 2007 information is released.

District 8 Training Council will be held Tuesday, March 20th at 7 pm at the Dunn Education Building. Bob Brown will now be on the Financial Subcommittee and Steve Nolan is on the Instructor Program Subcommittee. There are several changes the Council is working on. One of the changes being that instructors will be paid for putting on classes, but the classes will need to be open to the District and listed on the web site. Members are encouraged to attend these meetings.

Oolitic started a mandatory class February 26th. The first responder class at Dunn is full. Classes start in April, so if you have anyone on your department taking this class you may want to check with Jim for the starting date and class times.

All departments need to have needs assessment forms turned in as soon as possible if they haven’t already done so. If these are not turned in then that department will not be allowed to participate in District 8 training. All departments need to have NIMS 100, 200, and 700 at this time. These are the mandatory levels for all department members.

Air Evac gave a presentation on the impact of early activation and dispatch of air services. They are trying to work with the Sherriff’s department, Dunn and BRMC to be automatically dispatched for certain emergencies. Examples given were roll-overs, ejections, drowning, entrapment, heart attack or stroke, and high risk police operations. This would help accelerate treatment time by having them en route to the scene or the hospital before they are needed instead of waiting until after the patient gets to the hospital and then having them dispatched. I’ll try to keep everyone posted if I get any more information on this.

Training was held March 10th at the house donated by the Avoca Baptist Church. SCBA training, interior search and rescue, and ventilation were planned and possibly some RIT training in the afternoon. Richie Padgett and Paul Gillespie were instructors for this and food was provided by Valerie and Boomer Christie of TOPES.

Jack introduced a new emergency services volunteer at the meeting. Reverend Ray “Boomer” Christie will now be providing services to us along with Jack Voigtschild as a part of “T.O.P.E.S.” Tabernacle of Praise Emergency Services. I’ve attached a press release Boomer prepared telling a little more about the services. Jack mentioned there has been some start up expenses for purchasing coolers and other supplies and donations would be welcome. Assistance can still be requested through Fire Base by asking for Assist 1, or Boomer can be called at 278-3180 or 275-2343 (church number). Jack said to request services just to ask Fire Base for Assist 1 and they will dispatch TOPES.

Saturday, March 31st, don’t forget— Ellettsville is hosting a Wildland Fire Fighting course from 8 to 5. No registration necessary.

ALSO- Fire Service Leadership Seminars (formerly chief orientation training) at Vincennes University from 8 to 5. Registration is required for this one.

If you need contact information for either of these please let me know and I can get that to you.