|Fire Commission 01/12/2012|
WEATHERSFIELD FIRE COMMISSION
Minutes – January 12, 2012
Martin Memorial Hall
1: Call to Order-
Pat Daniels called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM.
Members Present: Darrin Spaulding, Josh Dauphin, Bob Compo, and Pat Daniels
Public Present: Josh Compo, Shawn Brown, Steve Brown, Michael Barrup, Mychael Spaulding, Colby Hodgdon, Edith Stillson, Ron Main, Don Reynolds, Les Rogers, Jim Mullen, John Cassidy, Zack Merriam, Tracy Dauphin, and Ben McClean.
3. Additions to Agenda-
Pat Daniels stated that under New Business #D, she would like to discuss Emergency Manager Director.
Josh Dauphin would like an Executive Session on personnel.
4. Comments for Citizens
There were none.
5: Approve Minutes of Last Meeting(s)
Darrin Spaulding made a motion to approve the minutes of December 8, 2011 as presented. Rob Compo seconded it. All were unanimous.
6. Review Fire Commission Financial Monthly Report(s)
Pat Daniels presented the Commission with copies of the financial monthly report. The Select Board requested an accounting of total expenses on Engine 2 for AVFD and other motorized fire equipment for both departments. They wanted the total amount for repairs on all fire equipment by outside vendors and the town highway department.
7: AVFA Monthly Report
Darrin Spaulding presented the report to the Commission. They will be having a breakfast on February 4, 2012.
8: WWVFD Monthly Report
Josh Dauphin presented the report to the Commission. They will be having a Bake Bean Supper on January 21, 2012.
9. New Business
a) Fire Commission Annual Report
Pat Daniels presented the Commission members with copies of the report. It was due to the Town by December 15, 2011.
b) Emergency Management Meeting with everyone regarding Tropical Storm Irene
Pat Daniels stated that no date has been set for the meeting. Josh Dauphin stated that it could be a meeting was just with town’s people. Pat Daniels stated that she has received an email from Andrea and stated that it would be after the Select Board budget session. Hopefully, it will happen the end of January or the beginning of February.
c) At large community member for the fire commission
Rob Compo is filling the position for Dan Boyer since he was elected to the Select Board. His term is up in March 2012. Pat Daniel’s position is until 2013. If Rob Compo would like to continue on the fire commission, he needs to send a letter of intent to the Select Board. If there is any other community member that is interested in the opening, he/she needs to send a letter to the Select Board for consideration. The Select Board will then do the appointment after the Town Meeting in March.
d) Emergency Management Director
The Select Board would like to have an emergency management director. Currently it is the chairman of the Select Board who is Dave Fuller. At the next Select Board meeting, the Commission could ask the Select Board to have a stipend, maybe just for mileage, for the director. If someone knows anyone who would be interested, have them contact the Select Board.
10: Old Business
Pat Daniels stated that there could be a driver training in the spring by the State. The fire chiefs would both like to have that. There would be a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 15 participants. The SOG/SOP’s was postponed until the meeting in February.
The Select Board would like a unified recommendation for a fire truck from the Commission. Jim Mullen presented the Commission with a report by Chris Adams and him. The Commission reviewed and discussed the recommendation. Pat Daniels stated that on October 27, 2011 the Commission discussed replacement of Engine 2. The decision was to use $125,000 of the reserve fund and finance the remainder amount. The Select Board would like to have the option that the Commission would like to have presented at Town Meeting.
Darrin Spaulding stated that he was asked to get an estimate to rewire Engine 2 for the pump panel and to replace light fixtures which will cost $10,000. It does not include the wire harness or the computer. They charge $75 per hour. Josh Dauphin questioned if the Select Board will take Jim Mullen’s recommendation. It has been a year and a half deciding what to do with the trucks. The Town has wanted trucks that can hold more water. WWVFD was the next department to get a truck. He asked if this new truck for AVFD will hold more water. Darrin Spaulding stated that the larger tanker will not fit in the fire station due to the length of the truck. The fire truck will allow AVFD to have more foam though. Josh Dauphin stated that 20 gallons of foam does not necessarily help. Josh Dauphin also stated that if the Commission goes this route, there will be two new trucks in 4 to 5 years. Pat Daniels stated then maybe Engine 1 for AVFD will not be replaced in 5 years. She stated that Darrin Spaulding checked into a larger tank, but it was $75,000 more.
Pat Daniels stated that it is a Select Board decision. The Select Board wants a request from the Commission. Darrin Spaulding stated that once it was discussed to share a tanker. Josh Dauphin stated that the Select Board did not seem interested in that. Pat Daniels stated that then it becomes a question about where it would be housed since it will not fit in any of the fire department stations.
Josh Compo stated that Engine 2 has caught fire twice and broken down on calls stranding firefighters. If the fire department keeps Engine 2, it could pose other issues. Springfield fire department has recently purchased a 3000 gallon tanker. Springfield fire department has a full time staff too. They would be able to come to our calls and assist. AVFD needs to replace Engine 2 if WWVFD can wait on replacing a truck.
Pat Daniels stated that the Select Board is going to look at repair costs for both fire departments. The report does not state which fire equipment was repaired. The Commission will need to support the item on the warrant. Jim Mullen asked how many times has Engine 2 broken down in the last two years and been out of service. Darrin Spaulding will provide the Select Board with that information. Darrin Spaulding did state that it was out of service for three weeks this past summer and has broken down twice each time with five firefighters on it.
Jim Mullen stated that the first proposal was to re-chassis and the second was for a new vehicle. The fire department chose the least expensive truck. Josh Dauphin stated that if he brings a proposal for a new truck in 4 to 5 years, he does not want to discuss it for a year and a half. Jim Mullen stated that is what the long term plan does. It states what and when items are going to be purchased for town departments. Tracy Dauphin asked if all of this comments will be brought up at Town Meeting and will the town’s people know about this. Pat Daniels stated that the Select Board will need to decide which option will be on the warrant. Jim Mullen stated that the article will be on the warning and someone will need to explain it. It will be a separate article. Pat Daniels stated that each chief could discuss it and let the people decide at Town Meeting.
Darrin Spaulding made a motion to accept Jim Mullen’s report. Rob Compo seconded it. Three members voted in favor of the motion and one member abstained. The motion passed.
11. Items of Information for Select Board
The Commission will provide the Select Board with a suggestion for a fire truck.
12: Next Meeting Agenda Items –February 9, 2012
-information on a driving class with the State in the spring
It will be a WWVFD on February 9, 2012.
Josh Dauphin made a motion to go into executive session at 8:18. Rob Compo seconded it. All were unanimous.