August 26, 2008
Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.
Financial report will have to be presented at the meeting. I have no internet at home and I don’t want to access the bank from work. Sorry! I’ll send that out when I can get to it.
LD made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as presented, Jack seconded the motion. Treasurer’s report was accepted.
Fire Prevention – School Program
I asked Val to fill everyone in on the details. The program to be presented at the schools will be “Are You a Fire Smart 5th Grader” and is formatted like Are You Smarter Then a 5th Grader. There will be an educational portion presented prior to the game and a script is being created for the program so nobody has to make anything up as they go.
Monday October 6th:
Tuesday October 7th:
Wednesday October 8th:
Thursday October 9th:
Friday October 10th:
If you or your department doesn’t have a school in your area and would like to help with the program please let me know.
Fire Prevention – Carnival
The carnival will be Saturday, October 11th from noon to 3 pm. We’re asking each department to send a truck and a game like last year and to provide candy as prizes. It was approved to spend $300 on Fire Prevention related items to be given out also. LD made the motion and Micah seconded. I will look into what we can get and get it ordered. **Order has arrived!**
So far the committee consists of Jack. Standley was on the committee but will be unable to help much from his crutches. If anyone would like to volunteer to assist Jack with this please let him know.
With Tim Deckard moving into the position of IVFA President at the first of the year a District 17B Chairman was needed. The meeting was held in July and the new Dist. 17B officers are as follows: Luke K------District Chair; Bob Brown-Vice Chair and Steve Nolan Secretary/Treasurer.
No details yet. Could go with 2 locations. One for Bedford and one for the county. Mitchell 911 would be transferred to the county. 911 money is going to be more strictly monitored by the state. It will only be allowed to be used for equipment upkeep and dispatchers. Still in the planning stages.
Tony Siedl from the Sheriff’s Department gave a talk on preserving a crime scene. He provided a handout with an outline of VFD and LCPD Scene Responsibilities:
VFD: Provide emergency medical response and Fire Suppression 24/7. Emergency medical response includes preservation of life, incident stabilization and property conservation to minimize personal injury, loss of life and/or property loss.
LCPD: Preserve the integrity of the scene in order to identify, collect and preserve information and/or evidence to determine what happened, how it happened and who is responsible.
Overlapping Circumstances: ONE CHANCE to get it right.
To be jointly successful both agencies need to recognize and be aware of the essential differences of our responsibilities.
My request of VFD First Responders is the same as LCPD First Responders:
1. Beware of the circumstances of the call.He pointed out that sometimes what we don’t think would have an effect on a crime scene could throw and investigation in the wrong direction. Even a cigarette butt can point the police in the wrong direction during an investigation. We need to be mindful of where we step, what we move, and what we leave behind. What we do can cause false leads. If we’ve rolled a patient to be able to treat them we need to be able to tell the police how they were laying when we got there. Did we move anything else out of the way while we were working? Where did we enter the scene? Where there other doors or windows already open? There are things we see that don’t mean anything to us, but could mean a lot to the people investigating.
Trace evidence disappears quickly and is time sensitive information.
$61 was raised for the 50/50 drawing and Micah Keith was the winner. He donated his winnings of $30.50 back to the countywide fund. Thanks Micah!
EMS Day—The Festival starts with the usual Mock Accident in front of the high school at noon. EMS Equipment Show from noon to 3 pm in the field west of the baseball field at the high school. All departments are invited to bring a truck and spend the afternoon.
Marion Twp. Pork dinner Tuesday, September 23rd at the food tent on Main Street in Mitchell starts at 4:30. $6 for adults, $3 for kids.
Huron will be having a Bean Supper and Raffle October 4th from 4 to 8 (or when the food runs out!) $5 for adults, $3 for kids 4-10, kids 3 and under are free. All you can eat, with drink and dessert included.
If anyone is having any training to share or a fundraiser please let me know so I can get it out to the rest of the county.