Craig Rural Fire Protection District board recap for Aug. 20 |

Craig Rural Fire Protection District board recap for Aug. 20

Patrick Kelly

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District board did the following at its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Thursday:

• Approved a $1,062 purchase order to add two undercarriage toolboxes on one of Craig Fire/Rescue’s trucks. Fire Chief KC Hume said the truck did not have any space for tools and this project would remedy the storage issue.

• Received a budget review from Treasurer Chris Nichols, who said overall the district is in good shape financially. According to Nichols, at a little over the halfway point in the year the district has used 47 percent of its administrative budget, 32 percent of its fire operations budget, 68 percent of its capital expenses budget — 48 percent of the 2015 budget overall.

A draft of the 2016 budget will be reviewed at next month’s meeting, Hume said.

• Received an update on plans to construct a new engine bay in town. Nichols said three bids have been sent to metal building manufactures. The board is discussing what type of equipment the facility will contain but there is no firm budget yet. A site plan has been approved by the city but building plans are still being finalized.

“The building will be drive in before the snow flies and we’ll continue to work on the inside over the winter,” he said.

• Approved the district’s 2014 audit from Mark James & Associates.

• Listened to an update on Craig Fire/Rescue’s operations from Hume. Hume said the support-rookie program had been reinstated and two firefighters had been brought back on board in that role.

The fire department luau raised approximately $2,800 to support the district’s scholarship program, he said.

Next week and over the Labor Day weekend firefighters will participating in fundraising efforts with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Over the weekend, firefighters volunteered their time to test 7,400 feet of hose. Two 50-foot sections were discarded.

Nichols commented that by being willing to volunteer their time for the test, the firefighters save the county money.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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