Fire board adds one home on edge of coverage area

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The Craig Rural Fire Protection District board focused its discussion Thursday evening on whether to add a few more homes, seated on the fringe of the district, to its coverage area.

The loss of a second tanker truck last year put a freeze on expanding the department's coverage, but the tanker was replaced earlier this year.

Homeowners on the edge of the fire protection district are warned that the long distance trucks have to travel from the fire station to their properties increases response time.

The board unanimously approved, 3-0, adding one more home to the district's protection area. The home is owned by Tom and Brenda Soos, and is 14 miles from the fire station.

Board members also agreed to discuss adding two other homes during its meeting next month, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the fire station, 419 Yampa Ave.

The homes the board will consider are owned by Marlin and Tina Eckhoff, and Richard and Leona Gabbert. The homes are 15 miles from Craig, on Moffat County Road 103.

The board:

• Approved paying $23,073 in bills.

• Approved buying computer component upgrades to administrative hardware.

• Approved hiring a cleaning service for the station, with service every two weeks for a six-month period.

• Approved the first reading of an operations policy regarding urban structure fires.

• Approved the second reading of a policy that establishes minimum standards for firefighters in the department.

• Received a presentation on the 2007 Haz-Mat budget. Moffat County and the city of Craig paid $7,598 toward the Haz-Mat budget. Both entities are requested to contribute the same amount in 2007.

• Discussed the hiring of a structural engineer to present a cost analysis of expanding the size of the doors on a bay for an aerial truck, at a cost of up to $2,500.

• Approved a request from Sue Garrett for a leave of absence.

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