November 25, 2008
Meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.
Financial Report for 11/25/08:
Election of Officers for 2009:
Carol Goodwin - Secretary/Treasurer
Steve Nolan and LD Martin were both nominated for President. Both were asked to leave the room while voting took place.
Meeting Calendar for 2009:
January 27th: Pleasant Run
May: EMS Week
July: 4H Fair
October: Fire Prevention
We also need to think about fund raisers for the County Wide. Bob Brown suggested looking into having a Golf Scramble similar to one held at Cedar Valley about 10 years ago. If anyone has any fundraising ideas please either forward those to me or come to the next County Wide meeting to talk about it.
Jack Voigtschild has been hospitalized for 5 days prior to the November meeting. He is going to be pretty much homebound for a while and will be out of service until further notice. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
There was to be a meeting in December with Brent Steele and Eric Cook for the public to be able to voice their concerns about doing away with Township Trustees. The IVFA thinks keeping the trustees would be more beneficial and has a meeting planned with Mitch Daniels at the first of the year to discuss this.
Val’s report from the LCEMA:
Snow removal will be difficult this year. The cost of salt and sand was beyond the county’s budget and the supplier refused the county making a partial purchase. Although trucks will go out for ice they won’t go out for a major snow storm until it’s over.
Please remember the Buddy System! Don’t respond alone in a storm. Make sure others know where you are going and what route you have taken and why you’re out. We may have to consider taking 4 wheel drive POV’s to assist with patient transport if the ambulance can’t get through. Departments might also be called upon to use 4WD POV’s to help transport dialysis patients in need of treatments. If possible please forward a list of people on your department with 4 wheel drive vehicles who are willing to help.
County Wide Roster:
Tony Siedl was present at the meeting to represent the Sheriff’s Department. He says if anyone has any issues with the Sheriff’s Department please don’t wait until the County Wide meeting to say something. Call the department right away so issues can be handled while they are still current. He also requested the county wide roster and I will forward this to him also.
District 8 News:
Other Training and announcements (also sent out on 12/24/08)
2. Perry VFD has requested another ICS 300 class but only has 3 people. Val would like to do this one Saturday in January. Please contact her if you have anyone who needs ICS 300.
3. AED Grant Opportunity posted on Grants.com. This is a Rural Access to Emergency Devices Grant.
4. FF I & II classes will start the first of February. Anyone interested needs to contact LD Martin no later than Jan. 3rd. His e-mail address is above or you can call him at 812-583-6516. This will run from early February until the middle of April on Monday and Thursday nights and some Saturdays. Please let him know ASAP so paperwork can be processed with the state for training materials.
5. The state is at the end of issuing PSID Certificates. IF you have not received a PSID Certificate you should do the following:
6. From Val: ANY DEPARTMENT WANTING ADDITIONAL 800 PORTABLES OR MOBILES. GIVE ME NUMBERS AND TYPE MOBILE OR PORTABLE.
7. November 21, 2008 -- The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today issued an Interim Final Rule to address safety concerns raised by the firefighting community regarding high-visibility safety apparel (see Worker Visibility Final Rule - 23 CFR Part 634, below).
The Interim Final Rule:
* Revises the definition of "worker" to exclude firefighters when they are exposed to flame, fire, high heat or hazardous materials. * Exempts firefighters from the requirement to use high-visibility safety apparel, as defined in this rule, when they are exposed to hazardous conditions where the use of such apparel may increase the risk of injury to firefighter personnel.
The Interim Final Rule is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-27671.htm
Worker Visibility Final Rule - 23 CFR Part 634
A new FHWA regulation (Worker Visibility Final Rule - 23 CFR Part 634) that goes into effect on November 24, 2008 requires firefighters and other first responders responding to or working at an incident on federally funded highways to wear a retro reflective safety vest that meets the Class II or III standards of the American National Standards Institute/International Safety Equipment Association (ANSI/ISEA) 107-2004 publication. The ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 Public Safety Vest standard has also been interpreted as meeting this requirement. For more information, visit ResponderSafety. com or discuss this on the USFA Blog.
If anyone has any training, announcements or fundraisers they’d like to have sent out to the county please make sure to forward that information to me and I’ll get it out to the county.