Craig Fire District formalizes system compliance
The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board approved a resolution to adopt the National Incident Management System at Thursday’s meeting at the fire station.
The system is not new to Craig Fire/Rescue, chief Bill Johnston said.
The fire department has been using the program for several years, and Thursday’s resolution was a formality to stay compliant.
The system was developed in 2003 by the Department of Homeland Security and was released in March 2004.
NIMS emphasizes preparedness for emergencies and the use of flexible communication between agencies.
Johnston said compliance with the system is a condition for the receipt of federal preparedness funds, including grants, contracts and other activities such as personnel training.
Part of the compliance process includes an ongoing training program for staff.
Johnston said four classes are required for all personnel at the department.
Command staff are required to complete additional work.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, multiple board members credited the fire department for how it handled a fire at the beginning of the month that destroyed Northwest Detail, a business owned partially by board member Tony Maneotis.
“My family is saying thank you to the fire department, we’ve got a great group of guys,” Maneotis said. “It’s kind of crushing when you get a call at 4:30 in the morning saying your building’s on fire. It was a dangerous situation and I’m glad nobody got hurt.”
The building was a complete loss.
Alan Webber, another board member, wished his best to the family and praised the responders for their work.
“Obviously, the firefighters got an opportunity to, once again, prove their value to the district and us people within it,” Webber said.
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