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Greenwood Fire Station
August 19, 2002

Meeting called to order by President Densberger at 2000

Roll call answered by Ashland, Crete, Greenwood, Hallam, Malcolm, Raymond, Southeast, Waverly Fire, Emergency Management, 911, NE Forest Service and the Health Department

No Treasurers report to read.

Discussed radio cost update prices. There is an updated price list included with this newsletter. More money from the Federal government for radios is available. The County is supposed to be receiving some of this if it happens we may be able to do a lease back from Lincoln. A study is underway. If we go to 800 MHz this still doesn't address paging. There are no paging systems available on 800 MHz like there are on UHF or VHF. The Norris base was locked up and supposedly back on line. Hickman still not getting their pages over it. Try to remeber to use talk around frequencies and the Mutual aid channel 39.58 to reduce congestion on 39.98. We need to look at an interim plan until funding comes available for us to upgrade to a new radio system.

Greenwood is looking for patients and evaluators for an MCI drill on November 21st. If you can help contact Alan at 402-430-0189.

Lincoln is looking for a department to host an EMT-B class. If you are interested contact Jim Densberger or Dan Wright.

Family Safety day is coming up soon (Sept 22 1-5 PM) anyone or any department looking for space to participate contact Jim Densberger. 783-2563.

I attempted to send out a letter to all the Mutual aide departments fire stations about the Fallen firefighters memorial motorcycle ride in the last newsletter but I have been told most of them never showed up (like the newsletter !) I will include copies of the letter in this newsletter just for everyones FYI.

Eric Rasmussen wanted to remind everyone of the NSVFA annual convention October 18,19 in Valentine Nebraska.

Rick Grauerholz wanted to remind everyone the Fire Marshals office is still doing training and introduced Bill Pffiefer The Training division Chief.

911 is taking bids on communications routing contact Julie with questions. Michelle Moeller has also resigned her position with 911.

Lincoln fires District Chiefs have been renamed Battalion Chiefs. District 2 will now become Battalion 1 and District 3 Battalion 2.

Good comments were received from Lincoln in response to the dump fire. Lots of departments and people involved.

The Health Department has 6 people that have completed technician level training for Meth labs. Their response rig is under construction and maybe ready within a month. The Saunders County Sheriff is working on response help from the Health Department.

I sent out dues again in the last newsletter. I have received dues back from Bennet, Firth, Eagle and Cortland. Those still owing dues from 2002 are Ashland, Ceresco, Clatonia, Crete, Hallam, Hickman, Lincoln, Palmyra, Pleasant Dale, Southwest, Valparaiso and Emergency Management please get these to me ASAP.

Its time to update the officers lists again. Please get any changes to me as soon as you can.

Bennet; Firefighter 1 class in October (TBA)

TMA Mini Fireschool January 18 2003

Midwinter Conference February CALLS

Ashland 14 fire 2 MA, Crete 13 fire 33 rescue 2 Hazmat, Greenwood 14 fire 11 rescue, Hallam 1 fire 4 rescue Malcolm 11 fire 9 rescue 2 MA, Raymond 4 fire 8 rescue 8 MAWaverly 21 fire 30 medical, Valparaiso 1 fire, 3 medical

Motion to adjourn 2103


Jim, September 16th, 2002 will afford the City of Lincoln and the State an exceptional opportunity to represent our community and state in honoring the New York City firefighters who fell so heroically on September 11.

Background Information: Each year, on the third Saturday in September, the names of American and Canadian firefighters who died in the line of duty are honored and inscribed on the walls of the IAFF Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Firefighters, family and friends gather on these hallowed grounds to honor their brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others.

In conjunction with the IAFF memorial service, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club has organized its seventh annual motorcade known as "The Ride to Remember." It begins in Lakewood, Colorado and ends at the Memorial Serivce in Colorado Springs.

This year, on September 21, the incriptions on the Memorial will include the names of 343 New York City firefighters fallen on September 11. At the request of our co-workers in the Fire Department of New York, the International Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club organized the "New York Memorial Ride."

The ride starts on September 5 in Denver and proceeds to New Your City. Firefighter riders from nine states will move eastward along I-80 through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York with gathering additional riders as they proceed.

The procession will link up with FDNY riders during a midnight ride to "Ground Zero" on September 10, 2002. On September 11, riders will visit New York fire station 10. On September 12 the ride proceeds to the Pentagon and to the crash site of flight #93 in Pennsylvania on September 13.

Nebraska communities will host the Memorial Ride on four different occasions: North Platte on September 5, Omaha on September 6, Lincoln on September 16 and Ogalala on September 17. Many more firefighters from Nebraska and the surrounding states plan on joining the ride from Lincoln to Colorado Springs.

The ride will have grown to 150-200 firefighters and police officers representing almost every state in the union when it reaches Lincoln.

A Memorial Service will be staged on the north side of the Capitol building. Motorcycles will be parked on "K" street from 14th to 16th streets.

The Lincoln chapter of the Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club, with assistance from Firefighter Local #644, will host a banquet at the Firefighters Union Hall.

All events will culminate with a breakfast on September 17 at the Union Hall. Riders will leave Lincoln at approximately 0800.

A processional ride will start at state fair park at approximately 1800 and proceed to the Capitol on the 16th.

Local firefighers and police may ride in the procession. Motorcycles only.

Any firefighters interested can join up by being at Frontier Harley at approx 1700 on the 16th.

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