Frenchtown Rural Fire District


Chief’s Report to the Board
February 13, 2018
Period of Report: 1/5/18 – 2/6/18


OPERATIONS:
Total Calls: 46
 Medical Calls: 25
 Fire Calls/Alarms: 3 (1 Wildland/Illegal)
 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 8
 Service/Other Calls: 10

TRAINING:
 EMT Class – EMT class continues. 15 students. Tuesdays and Thursday
evenings and multiple weekends to the middle of April.
 Driver/Operator – Continue to work with many new members to get them
qualified on apparatus.
 Interactive CPR Mannequin: We have two of the State’s interactive CPR
mannequins for use over the next several weeks.
 Wildland Refresher (1/9) – Several FRFD members attended this annual
requirement, conducted by Ninemile Ranger District at FRFD Station 1.
 ImageTrend Orienation (1/10) – General orientation.
 PALS / ACLS Refresher (1/13 – 1/14) – FF/Paramedics Holtz, Blakely, & Hooper
attended Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life
Support (ACLS) refresher training.
 Healthcare Provider CPR (1/25) – Annual CPR refresher.
 S-300, Task Force/Strike Team Leader (2/6 – 2/9): FF/Paramedic and I attending
in Missoula.
 Upcoming:
o Regional Rail Response Training (3/14) – Hosting regional training being
put on by International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Pipeline and
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, through a training grant. Open
to all responders in the area (and beyond).

ADMINISTRATIVE:
 FLU! – Despite flu shots, the “plague” is making its rounds through staff and
residents.
 Fire Records Management System – “Go Live” conducted on schedule (2/1).
Crews/members moving smoothly into new system.
 Missoula County LEPC (1/9) – Stepped down as Chair of Missoula County Local
Emergency Planning Committee after holding that position and Vice Chair over
last two years.
 Fuels Mitigation Program (1/10) – Met with state and Bitterroot Resource
Conservation and Development to begin outlining the 2018 fuels mitigation
program. We expect to be working under three different grants/funding streams
this year, that could increase our production significantly.
 Missoula County Fire Protection Association (1/17) – Continued on as Chair of
MCFPA, starting my fourth year in that position.
 Resident Program Recruiting – Sent mailers to over 1900 high schools in 9
states. Received over 12 responses from students and/or counselors from
Colorado, multiples from the other states, too.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH / PREVENTION / EDUCATION:
 Public CPR (1/16) – No participants
 Mineral County CWPP – Continue to support the development of the Mineral
County Community Wildland Protection Plan. FF/Paramedics Blakely & Hooper
are representing FRFD as key stakeholders.
 LEO’s in Station 5 – One MHP trooper and one Mineral County Deputy are using
the currently unoccupied Station 5 for “home base”. Per their contract, they
understand that if that station is needed for operations, or resident numbers
increase to where we have to use the rooms, they will move. (There is also one
Mineral County Deputy at Station 8, but will be leaving 2/9).
 Read Across Frenchtown (1/22) – Read to Frenchtown Grade Schoolers during
their annual “Read Across Frenchtown” weeklong reading program.
 Water Source Project – Met with former FRFD volunteers that have offered to
help identify previous water source sites and develop plan for incorporating into
fire response pre-plans.
 Frenchtown High Job Fair (2/6) – FF/Paramedic Hooper will be manning a booth
at the job fair.

APPARATUS:
 DOT Grant Ambulance – Continue to wait for word from dealer on delivery
schedule.
 Remount Ambulance – Continue to chase some oil leaks (warranty). Was in last
week for a fix, but some oil still leaking. Also, a “ghost code” keeps appearing
that Ford cannot identify. They believe it might be an ambulance upfit issue;
manufacturer is working with Lithia Ford to analyze.
 Structure Engine – Progressing. Expect to start pinning down expected delivery
schedule in late February/early March. Still anticipate April/May delivery.
 Type 5 Hybrid – Finalizing details of the chassis, expect to order within next few
weeks.


CHIEF SCHEDULE – UPCOMING:
 Wildland Urban Interface Conference – February 26 – March 1 (Reno, NV)

 

 

 

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