EMR/EMT training reimbursement increased

Coffey County Republican – April 29, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 4, 2014

Coffey County Fire District No. 1 met in regular session March 17 with board members Todd Laflin, chairman, James Trager, Johnnie Redding and Kerry Trostle present. Treasurer Kent Hoyt and Trustee Danielle Biark-Ernst were absent.

Chief Randall Brown informed the board that the current Standard Operating Guideline (SOG) will reimburse any firefighter taking an EMR/EMT training class, up to $300. Brown is working with EMT Director James Higgins to get a new class started, but due to the increase of the class price, the district SOG would only pay for half of the current $600 cost. The current SOG was last updated in 2001.

Brown said the district needs first responders at most of their stations and increasing the reimbursement would encourage others to become certified. The board approved increasing the reimbursement to $600.

According to Brown, the current burn permit policy states the fire district will reissue a new burn permit number every four years. Brown proposed allowing the burn permit holder to keep the same number, if the information is correct on the burn permit and the holder possesses the original copy, Brown believes this will cut down on work for the dispatchers, burn permit holders and everyone involved. The board approved Brown’s proposal.

There were 33 alarms during the month of February, including 11 for medical assists and nine for grass fires. Alarms totaled 79 for the year.

The board accepted Hays Fire’s bid for a brush rig for Station 4, Gridley, in the amount of $84,164. The district office also purchased a copy machine for $3,999. Warrants in the amount of $40,090.17 were approved.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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