Lawrence County Firefighters Association

August 28, 2007
Guthrie (Leesville Community Building)

Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence.

Minutes of the July meeting were read and approved.

Financial report.

At the time of the meeting we had $1851.96 in savings and $180.00 in checking.

Fire Prevention Week

The theme this year is “Know Your Escape Route”.

A check for $200.00 was written to Family Celebrations as a deposit for inflatables for the Kid’s Carnival at the end of Fire Prevention Week.

This year it will be from Monday October 8th to Saturday October 13th. Monday – Friday from 6-10 pm. We’ll being selling 50/50 tickets like last year. As usual we’ll be asking for 2 departments each night. Please let me know if you have a preference as soon as possible. The list will be finalized at the September meeting. We’ll find out at the September meeting if we will be in front of Wal Mart again or if we’ll be trying another location. (possibly Lowe’s)

The Carnival will be from 12-3 Saturday the 13th. Again, the exact location will be announced at the September meeting but will likely be in front of Kmart like last year. I’m assuming each department is being asked to bring their games from last year.

There will also be an essay contest-Firefighters Make a Difference. Details were going to be announced in the newspaper. This will be opened to all age groups.

Luke Kluender has called several insurance offices to see if they would donate batteries for Fire Prevention Week for us to be able to provide people with new batteries for their smoke detectors.

Val gave out update information for the Think Map in the new lap tops. If you weren’t at the August meeting you’ll need to get ahold of her to get those.


Val also gave out a sheet on how to ‘make us honest’ with what was submitted for the Nims-Cast. This is a corrective action. We have to all have enough ‘yes’ answers to make the county compliant.

A line should be added about NIMS to all departmental SOPs or procedures. Add also to plans and procedures, inventory lists, resource typing, plans & by-laws that purchases of equipment are to match state and local guidelines.

We also need to conduct more exercises to be compliant. Val is planning a few short (10-15 minute) table top exercises for the county wide meetings so we’ll all have more of a chance to participate. The nozzle and foam demonstration were held at the August meeting count toward this type of training.

There are still a lot of people who don’t have NIMS 100 & 200 yet.

Valerie has informed me this week that the TESTS HAVE CHANGED (answers here). She is working on the answer sheets now and will get back with us when they are ready. If you have people ready to take the tests, please hold off until Val can provide additional information.

Ellettsville FD had a NIMS 300 class Sept 11-13. They will be presenting a NIMS 400 class October 2nd and 3rd. Class size is limited. You have to have a copy of your 700, 100, 200, 300 & 800 certificates to be able to take the class. If you’ve taken the ICS 300 course and haven’t gotten your cert bring a copy of the letter stating you’ve passed and this can be accepted. This is at the request of IDHS Fire Certification Division. Anyone interested should contact Mike Cornman at the Ellettsville Fire Department. 812-876-4819

Dunn will be putting on another EMT-B class starting November 3rd and going until April 27th. The cost is $650 for general public, $500 for FD. Please contact Jim McFarlan or Rodney Taylor at Dunn to get signed up. This is limited to 15 people.

A burn ban was suggested during the meeting and there were enough Chiefs to carry a motion to have it brought to the commissioners. Stan Wright, Jimmie Zeeks, Bob Brown, Steve Nolan, Brian Hutchison and Larry Goodwin all voted in favor or the ban. (this went into effect the following Tuesday and is still in force until further notice)

Bob Brown was presented with an award by Tim Deckard on behalf of the IVFA for District 17B. This was Global Award (formerly the Midwest Award) This is an award by nomination and Bob was nominated by someone in our county to receive this. This makes (I think) 4 out of the last 5 years that this award has been presented to a VFD member from Lawrence County.

Congratulations Bob!


Marion VFD will have the BIG food tent at the Persimmon Festival Tuesday, September 25th. This is a roast pork dinner. If the menu hasn’t changed from last year you get roast pork, baked beans and cole slaw.

Huron VFD is still selling Rada Cutlery. We’ll have order forms and catalogs with us at the County Wide if anyone is interested.

Pleasant Run will have their annual Fish Fry October 20th at their Fire Barn.

Perry will have a Tractor Pull sometime this month, but the date hasn’t been announced. When I find out I’ll pass it along.

Our next meeting will be at Perry at the Springville Community Building, Tuesday September 25th at 7pm.