June 24, 2008
Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. The minutes of the May meeting were sent out prior to the June meeting and were accepted as presented.
Fair week will be July 5th thru the 12th. This year we won’t be at the Fair as EMS. We’ll be there to try to raise community awareness of Volunteer Fire Departments and members in the county. The trailer will still be located around the same area as last year. It was decided to be at the fair from 6pm to 9pm starting Sunday night. The schedule is as follows:
For those who are working the trailer show either a blue light or department shirt and tell the parking attendant that you are there for the booth and you should be able to park for free. We ask that departments either wear uniform shirt or matching department shirts while representing us to the county. Danny is going to talk to Val about some fire prevention handouts. We will also be selling 50/50 tickets each night. If for some reason you cannot have a member at the fair on your designated night please contact us so we can make arrangements. Danny still needs pictures! If you have a way of sending some department pics to be used at the fair please forward them to me and I’ll get them to Danny. If you don’t have a way to send electronic files please feel free to create your own poster of pics to display. We do need to start taking more departmental and interdepartmental pics. Especially when we have group training and classes. We need to show the county we are all working together to get things done!
July 1, 4:30 at Bedford Fire Scott Gillespie has scheduled a planning meeting for Fire Prevention Week. Presently we have Jack Volkschild & Standley Wright willing to work as part of the planning committee. Val can offer her notes and will help some, but she’ll be away at an EMA conference that day and won’t be available for the committee this year. We will start making more plans at the July meeting.
Tim Deckard is the new IVFA President. Lawrence County had 7 members present and he won the seat by 3 votes.
New Safety Standard
We still need current rosters from each department. I’ve received a few, but not many just yet. If you don’t have your roster in electronic format please bring a copy to the next countywide meeting. Please supply contact information and list of officers. Please also indicate EMS certifications for each member
There was no 50/50 drawing this month.
Oolitic will be having its annual Fireman’s Ball Saturday July 12th from 8pm to 12am at the Bedford Elks Club. Snacks and cash bar available. $15 for singles & $25 per couple. Semi-casual-everyone welcome! Tickets are available at the Oolitic Fire Station or call 812-279-0477, 583-4142 or 797-1618.
If your department is having any fundraisers or shared training please forward that information to me and I’ll get it out to the county.
Standard Operating Procedure updates
The updated document is as follows:
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
LAWRENCE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT LAWRENCE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS
PROTOCOL FOR ACTS OF TERROISM AND INCIDENTS INVOLVING DRUGS
The purpose of this document is to outline procedures to be used in the event Fire Department assistance is needed for these special situations.
The Lawrence County Firefighters Association in cooperation with the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department has agreed to the following procedures regarding acts of terrorism both domestic and foreign and incidents involving the marketing or manufacture of drugs.
In the event the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department should receive a report of a fire, explosion, gas cloud, etc. that is suspected to be the result of a terrorist act the appropriate Fire Department as well as the closest mutual aid department and advise them of the nature of the call (fire, explosion, etc.) as well as including that the incident is a ‘Code Red’ incident.
In the event the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department should receive a report of a fire, explosion, gas cloud, etc. that is suspected to be the result of and incident involving drugs, or their manufacture, the appropriate Fire Department as well as the closest mutual aid department and advise them of the nature of the call (fire, explosion, etc.) as well as including that the incident is a ‘Code Blue’ incident.
In the event the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department feels it necessary for the safety of the community to place a Fire Department on stand by for either fire suppression or medical response, but feel a toned response for these situations could cause a security breech, dispatch will use the phone to contact the Chief of the responding department. The Chief will then call the department members and request they go to the station. If the Chief feels there aren’t an adequate number of responders on station to effectively handle the possible incident they will call dispatch and request the closest mutual aid department also be placed on stand by.
Should dispatch not be able to contact the Chief of the responding department by phone they will attempt to contact the next officer on the roster. Should dispatch be unable to contact an officer by phone they will then set off ONE tone for the responding department requesting the chief contact dispatch. Should dispatch be unable to get a response from the first department the next closest mutual aid department will be notified using the process outlined above.
Once the Sheriffs Department has decided the incident is no longer a threat to the safety of the community they will instruct dispatch to stand down the department/departments placed on stand by.
Should a department be placed on stand by for an access of 1 hour the fire officer in charge is to call dispatch and request an update.
With this agreement all Lawrence County Volunteer Fire Departments agree to provide a current roster of members and officers to the Sheriffs Department on an annual basis.
With this agreement the Lawrence County Sheriffs Department agrees for dispatch to use the codes as described above when toning any VFD to a potentially hazardous incident. The Sheriffs Department also agrees for dispatch to make hourly updates, via phone, to any department placed on stand by until the Sheriffs Department feels it is acceptable they stand down.