Frenchtown Rural Fire District


Chief’s Report to the Board
March 13, 2018
Period of Report: 2/7/18 – 3/7/18


OPERATIONS:
Total Calls: 40
 Medical Calls: 23
 Fire Calls/Alarms: 9 (0 Wildland/Illegal)
 Motor Vehicle Accidents: 5
 Service/Other Calls: 3

TRAINING:
 District Meeting (2/21) – Annual “District Meeting”. Discussed administrative
topics, completed gear checks.
 WUI Conference (2/26 – 3/1) – Calnan, Blakely, Hooper attended conference in
support of further development of Wildland Program.
 Montana Mutual Aid (3/3 – 3/4) – Attended semi-annual conference in Helena.
 Shift Training (Ongoing) – Continue extensive individual and “company” training
each evening.
 Engine Boss – FF/EMT Loterbauer completed Engine Boss course.
 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:
 Fuels Mitigation Program – 2018 season is expected to be significantly different
that previous years. The primary differences will be due to the multiple
funding/grant streams that all have different requirements. We are expecting
larger crews, more work.
 District Wide Road Construction Meeting (3/7) – Met with Department of
Transportation project manager and public relations to discuss impacts of
multiple road construction projects to emergency response.
 Resident Program Recruiting – Sent mailers to over 1900 high schools in 9
states. To date, have received 48 emails of interest from counselors or students
in all 9 states, plus at least a couple of dozen phone calls. 9 applications have
been submitted and are being reviewed. 2 ride-alongs scheduled for next few
weeks.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH / PREVENTION / EDUCATION:
 Elk Meadows Home Owner Association (2/25) – FF/Paramedic Blakely attended
the HOA meeting and discussed Fire Wise and Fire Adapted Communities.
 Frenchtown Community Coalition (2/28 – 2/29) – Crews assisted at the FCC’s
“Hidden in Plain Sight” booth during Frenchtown Junior High and High School
Parent Teacher Conferences.
 Mineral County CWPP – Steering Committee meeting #4 will be held later this
month. Anticipate completing the final draft at or soon after this meeting.
 Missoula County CWPP – Plan is complete, and will be presented to the public
during an open house on March 22, 2018 (at County Courthouse). Public
comment will be gathered until April 12, 2018.
 Upcoming:
o Public CPR (3/15)


APPARATUS:
 DOT Grant Ambulance – Picked up ambulance on 2/20. Working on minor
warranty/contract items, as well as licensing and outfitting.
 Structure Engine – Engine is in production, on the assembly line. We have
started to receive “photo reports” showing its progress. Currently expecting
delivery mid-April to early May.
 Type 5 Hybrid – Still working to finalize gas vs. diesel decision.
 8811 (846) – Significant fuel/oil leak being investigated.


CHIEF SCHEDULE – UPCOMING:
 National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop – March 26 to
March 29 (Reno, NV)

 

 

 

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