Meeting was called to order at 1831
In attendance was Stacy, Sam, Pete, Connie, Cindy, Traci, John, Brad, Kim, Doug, Diana, Jonelle
Guests/Board Members: Bruce Weber
Minutes from the previous meeting were approved by Pete and seconded by John
Correspondence: There was a recent news article in the Herald from Tyler & Jess Oehmke giving us a huge thank you and letting the community know how amazing they think we are. If you can, please get a second to read it. Should be in the article that came out just before Rodeo. We also received a donation from the Carey’s and a thank you for Jeri, Becky, and Cindy for their “midwifery” skills. Also received a Thank You for our help and participation in Willow Creek Days.
Old business: the first Thomas pack has been ordered and we will have a training/learn-the-landscape session on it when it does arrive at the next scheduled meeting or training whichever that may end up being.
Maintenance: Ambulance 1 is scheduled for the first week of August for some repairs to the glow plug system. The garage door guys came out again and adjusted the eyes again in hopes that they will close instead of tripping the sensors with the sun glare. Waiting to repair windshields till a later date
Supplies: Some items were found during inventory and David was made aware.
Training: Driving training went well, but we did not have a whole crew in attendance. This is your reminder that this is MANDATORY. It is MT Code Annotated that everyone has a DOT approved course.
August 17th: MANDATORY AED/CPR recert as well as special guest Dr. Lowe, Dr. S….., and Kevin Lauer from AMR
August 18th, 19th, & 20th: Active shooter training at TF Schools with GCSO. Please get in touch with Pete when you can attend. You don’t need to come all three nights from 1800-2100, but knowing who’s coming when will help spread out the response teams. **If you know anyone or have ideas on who we could use as victims it would be greatly appreciated to have your input!!** We want to be prepared and to have a training as realistic as possible we need help.
September 14th: Business meeting. We will also have GCSO present to teach us some self-defense.
September 21st: Medical Assessment and Ambulance familiarity
October 19th: Trauma Assessment and Hypothermia
November 6th, 7th, 8th, & 14th: AEMT Refresher (this is the only one for 2 years and all levels need to attend all days) Please think about what you would be willing to teach so we don’t have to listen to the same instructors all 4 days ;) This is also a good opportunity to brush yourself up on a subject that you are rusty on… Best way to learn is to study and teach it!
General Ambulance issues: Becky – Big Thanks to all that helped with the fundraiser!! A kind reminder that we need to have the narrative to a captain or chief within 24hrs of the call so that we can stay within in the state required 48hour window to submit the report.
Stacy – Radio issues are ongoing… please be patient. Law north has been going down repeatedly and LE has been using Fire West. This isn’t “ours” we must share and be courteous. Short and to the point please. The paging systems are having some gliches as well. It’s the new computer systems in dispatch so please be diligent about having the active 911 and pager together since sometimes it’s one or the other that flubs. Also please get on Active 911 if you have a smarty phone and let the crew know your status (resp, unvl, scene…) It helps when we are having trouble getting out on the radio.
If we do have paging issues and Stacy pages out as such, you will need to monitor your radio on Fire north as they will dispatch us that way.
There was an article recently discussing these issues and that upgrading our pager and radio systems in the county could cost $31million – the county would replace our radios if this were the case.
The tax mill levy – the fire departments in the county are formed by the county commissioners and they establish each district therefore they are run by the county commission and all money issues are managed through the county. Our ambulance service district was established with help from the county commission and a county service agreement was put in place but since we are able to fund ourselves with transport costs and don’t require to tax our community, we can manage our own funds. Fire departments don’t generally bill for their services so they need the tax levies to operate. If we were to use our entitled 3 mills we would gain about $18k-$20k a year but we would be under the management of the county commission as far as any other financial issues. Any request to purchase equipment would need to be discussed at the county commissioners meeting and it could take at least a month to get that money out of our funds. As of now we are making additional principal payments on our building loan and paying our operating costs with our transport fees and fundraising. It was stated that the crew is sick of fundraising and yes we have had quite a few events this year. We are doing so to find that one that works great for us. It’s appearing to be the raffle sales of a big ticket item as well as the family fun day but we will try to focus in the future on only a couple if not one big event each year. This will take the heat off of our members as well as the community. Yes the fundraising will taper off, but we are set now to pay off our 5 year loan in about 3 years and that is huge on this substantial of a loan. The question was brought up to possibly raise transport costs as AMR charges significantly more than we do and we have a much greater transport distance. The fees are mandated by the state and set specific for the type of service you provide (ALS vs BLS). We are a BLS service and AMR ALS so our fee cap is going to be much lower. It was discussed that we will look into the current cap and consider raising the transport fees.
4-wheeler fundraiser: Kim – the ticket sales have been terrific! To date of the meeting (without some collecting some sales locations) in the books we have brought in $4260. We need $5000 to break even on the purchase of the rig. That’s pretty dang awesome. It was discussed that we needed volunteers to sell tickets at Rockin the Rivers and the Potato Festival (August 15th). If you can, please let Kim know. It’s not a sales pitch. Just sit and chill and visit.
Family Fun Day (also so boringly known as Rodeo BBQ Fundraiser….) - HUGE success. It was a lot of fun! We are hoping to make improvements on next year’s event in the area of advertising as people are apparently blind… as well as get some more help and to make it more of a carnival atmosphere. It was suggested that we maybe have some carnival type booths for the kids. Maybe ring toss and dart throwing or whatever else carnivals have. It was mentioned that the former Insty Prints (now Allergra) will print 50 free posters for a non-profit’s fundraising event.
Haunted House – This was a very popular event last year. Cindy is going to get in touch with Darla about decorations again this year and already has a few kids wanting to be a part of the scariness. More on this later.
Sac Bar fundraiser – Dean and Hope Folkvord have been trying hard to come up with a specific fundraiser for us at the Sac that would be big like the Fireman’s ball but different. They are going to host the band Diamond on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND in the basement bar and charge a cover at the door. We get all the proceeds of the cover. They are going to offer drink and entree specials and are letting us do a 50/50 drawing as well. Cindy asked for help selling 50/50 tickets so if you want to help please let her know otherwise it will be a simple, fun money maker for us. Dean stated in the past, Diamond would bring in a cover of $2000-$3000 in an evening. Thinking we will start congregating about 2000. The band usually starts at 2100 and plays till about midnight and they have already made it clear they intend to announce the sales of tickets as well as where the cover is going and such.
Pete – We are on track for a large number of calls already this year (157 I believe to date) so that’s a huge commitment out of the members to make those calls. THANK YOU
Also need help for active shooter training.
If you have any training ideas please bring them to Pete so that we can meet the needs and desires of our members.
Sam – wanted to thank everyone for their help and long hours on the fundraiser as well as the other events this month. Awesome!
Scheduling: The Clarkston ladies are going to try to plan out their schedules so that they can contribute by making sure there is a person to respond to Clarkston calls. They will do this among themselves and then post in the calendar who is available and “Clarkston” after their name so we know they are available for Clarkston calls. They would also like to say again that they are more than willing to transport and have someone take their vehicle to town. Even if we take two Clarkston studs and one other responder drives one of their vehicles back to town.
Please please try to get on and help the shift supervisor by posting if you’re available. This helps ease the stress that the shift supervisor might feel knowing that they have someone that will be coming on to help them. Also posting when you’re unavailable outside of your normal unavailable times helps people fill in the gaps to give others a break. Ie: 8/9:Sam – available 0900-0600 8/22-23: Sam- Unavailable
Run Review was done for July’s calls
Defib and inventory are Team 2… Team 3 needs to remember that it will need to be done the first week of September because of Labor Day as the next Business meeting is 9/14
Next business meeting 9/14/15 (Happy Labor Day!)
Meeting ended 2009