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MALCOLM FIRE
MARCH 17 ,2003

Meeting called to order by President Densberger at 2000

Roll call answered by Bennet, Clatonia, Cortland Crete, Firth, Hallam, Hickman Lincoln, Malcolm, Pleasantdale, Raymond, Southeast, Southwest, Ne Air Guard, Valparaiso, Waverly, NE Forest Service, Star Care, Health Dept, Emergency Management, and 911

Minutes from the last meeting at the SCC/LFR classroom read and approved.

Treasurers report read. Motion to approve as read by Pleasantdale second by Firth.

OLD BUSINESS
Eric Rasmussen said some of the pending legislative bills affecting the fire service may not see daylight. The bill to cover volunteer emergency responders under workmans comp from the time the pagers go off has passed. The NE Forest Service is to be cut from the University budget as of 6/30/03. The tree and Fire programs are in question. We need to respond to the Governor, Legislature and the University President our feelings on saving the NE Forest Service ! Fire school preregistration has started. If you haven't already get requests in ASAP. Doug says the state has sent the Dept. of Justice money to the LT Governor for approval. New money is to be released for 2003.

NEW BUSINESS
Doug is checking on communications equipment. The association cannot apply. Southwest Fire has offered to apply for a grant for the UHF equipment. We need to look at average need vs everyones request. The individual department would need to purchase the equipment needed above the average. The averages are 2/8 handhelds 7 mobiles and 1 base radio. There would need to be 10 % matching funds from departments. Some match from the county. Also looking to keep UHF paging as part of the grant

The departments name only should appear on the grant application for each type of equipment. It was also discussed in combining the grant with another counties such as Gage county. A motion was made to with average numbers and was secined and carried. The grant would be for $709,000.00 total with numbers for a 10 % match being $70,000.00 total divided between 16 depts. Ideal grant total would be $750,000.00. Sharon and Pete from 911 and the Radio shop explained the programming changes for depts using UHF links. Your tones need to be programmed to a specific link and need to be programmed in advance if you need to change the link you are toned from. 39.98 is up and running on the 14th and Military tower as is the backup 911 center. There was a question as to returning Norris to a 2 way link. We would need a new radio at 911 to do this. The current equipment will only allow one way transmission. Any dept that can provide backup dispatching on 39.98 please let 911 know. Waverly would like opinions as to banning burn permits. Maybe group areas to gether due to weather and dryness and also look at fireworks bans. 911 would like to continue to be kept current on burn permits. They may inform you of others with grass fires when you call in. Some agencies are predicting a dryer year than last year.

UPCOMING EVENTS

CALLS
Clatonia: 2 fire, 4 rescue
Crete: 2 fire, 34 rescue
Cortland: 3 fire, 2 rescue
Firth: 1 fire, 2 rescue
Hallam: 6 fire, 16 rescue
Malcolm: 4 fire, 2 rescue, 1 standby, 1 training
Pleasantdale: 1 Fire, 5 Rescue
Raymond: 4 fire, 5 rescue
Waverly: 3 fire, 5 rescue, 1 Hazmat, 1 false Valparaiso: 6 fire, 3 rescue

Motion to adjourn at 2136.

***** NEXT MEETING APRIL 21st LFR STATION 14*****
THERE WILL BE A TOUR OF THE BACKUP 911 CENTER AND THE NEW LFR TRAINING OFFICE


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