Fire department spending, training hot topic at BOCC meeting

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 05:46 PM.

She also questioned the purchase of a computer and a computer tablet by the fire department at the cost of $1,740. “I would hope these are kept in a secure location at the fire department and not being used for personal use.”

She also questioned the board about the fuel expenses of the Sunny Hills department compared to other county fire departments and the recent purchase of building materials.

Fire Chief Al Gothard told the commissioners that every purchase the fire department made was done so on a county purchase order approved by either former county administrator Steve Joyner or former EMS director Roger Hagan.

“Every purchase we’ve ever made was approved, and went through the proper channels,” Gothard said.

Thompson also said that the fire department’s training records are incomplete, a problem which could affect the community’s ISO rating, which in turn affects home insurance prices.

“The meeting notes are vary vague,” Thompson said. “I talked to a representative of the ISO and he said the notes have to state exactly who did what, and that is not there.”

Thompson said she only found records for 10 hours of training at the department. “They have $4,000 in extrication equipment and only 10 hours of training. And this is the department that is supposed to be leading the way for all the other departments,” Thompson said.

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