County Wide Meeting April 26, 2010|
Indian Creek VFD
The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence.
Minutes were accepted as submitted.
Total as of 4/26/2010 = $2138.28
Financial report was accepted as presented.
Hoosier Fire representative Rod Presell was present with a tanker on display prior to the meeting.
Dana Wigley was present on behalf of Sam Craig. Luke asked if the Sherriff's Department had worked with the 800 mHz only as Sam said they would at the March meeting. Dana said there were still some software issues being worked out so it hadn't really been tested at that point.
Fire Training Council
The response agreement was modified slightly. The original issue concerning the 3 minute re-tone/dual-tone was revisited and it was decided for the 3 minutes to remain, rather then change this to a 5 minute re-tone from 11 pm to 6 am as requested at the March meeting. Since NIMS is required by the DHS, common language as outlined in ICS training is to be the primary method of communications. The use of 10 codes should be discontinued. A section concerning RIT has been added. The previous response agreement didn't allow for a mutual aid department to bill when responding to assist another department. There is now a section allowing a mutual aid department to bill when responding to a disaster where Federal Reimbursements are available. (such as with the Martinsville floods)
The 2010 AFG period is now open! It was suggested during the Chief's meeting that the county departments go together on a regional grant for RIT kits. Jason Lewis has been taking care of the information and documentation on this.
We currently have 6 fire ground channels on the 800 mhz radio system. We can split those them up or dispatch can assign them to departments as incidents are toned out. Val pointed out that NIMS says IC assigns channels as departments are dispatched. We have 11 departments and 6 channels, we'll have to be able to share. These channels are for emergencies only, not for general communications, use the regular repeater for that. If Dispatch assigns and there are multiple incidents you might have to go back to dispatch channel to talk to dispatch. Dana said they can only listen to 3 channels at one time. Banks for Law Enforcement and Ambulances will not be the same as ours. It was suggested we try pre-assigned at this time and if it doesn't work then we can switch to a rotation. Bob asked Kyle Mundy of Marion VFD to help work out the details since he's probably most familiar with these radios. They will present whey they come up with at the May meeting.
The convention in Terre Haute is coming up soon. The business meeting is open to all. Each department is allowed to have 3 voting representatives present and the IVFA will reimburse one driver from each department for mileage.
Board of Standards and Education meeting will be on Thursday at the Convention. This is very interesting to see. This is where they decide what certs you have to have and what standards must be met.
There are 2 candidates for IVFA President this year.
Work is going on with the IVFA concerning issues dealt with at the legislative sessions. They are hoping to change policies concerning open burns. Controlled burns are not currently required by the state to be called in, it's currently just considered a courtesy. But this proposed change would make it a law for a controlled burn to be called in. If someone called in a fire, and a fire department was dispatched, the responding department would then be allowed to bill for the response if the county wasn't informed of the controlled burn prior to the department being dispatched. This would allow departments to be reimbursed for expenses incurred when dispatched. If anyone has other ideas about what they'd like to see discussed by the IVFA for submission to the legislature, please let Luke know.
The May meeting will be held at Huron VFD. Food will be served at 6 pm, meeting to start at 7.