Frenchtown Rural Fire District


Chief’s Report to the Board
November 13, 2018
Period of Report: 10/4/18 – 11/5/18


OPERATIONS:
Total Calls: 70
• Medical Calls: 40
• Fire Calls/Alarms: 13 (7 Wildland/Illegal)
• Motor Vehicle Accidents: 10
• Service/Other Calls: 7

TRAINING:
• Frenchtown Fire Academy – Started 9/7. Scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays,
and most Sundays through November. Progressing very well.
• “MOU Expiration Prep” – Continuing a “transition” period with staff almost
completely hands-off. Full discussion, and recommendation for extension or
letting expire on agenda.
• Active Shooter Response Training (10/8 – 10/12) – “Train the Trainer” course,
attended by FF/Paramedic Holtz. He is now one of multiple instructors in
Missoula County; program is working to train as close to 100% of responders as
possible.

ADMINISTRATIVE:
• Permanent Hire – Received 23 applicants by the deadline. 6 of those were
removed from further consideration due to not meeting minimum requirements.
Of remaining 17, 10 have been invited back for on-site assessments scheduled
for 11/27 – 11/28. Process remains on original schedule.
• Property Tax Revenue – Due to a communication issue with Missoula County,
they have levied 64.03 mills (same as last year) instead of the 65.00 mills
decided by Board. There is a slight increase in the Entitlement Share that I had
budgeted; these two items combined will result in about $7,000 less revenue.
Working with County to correct for next year.
• Fuels Mitigation Program – 2018 season report scheduled to be provided by
FF/Paramedic Blakely at the December Regular Board Meeting.
• Western States WUI Grant – Waiting to hear on status of this grant, submitted via
State of Montana a month or so back. As of 11/5/18, DNRC is stating they expect
to receive update within a week.
• Community Paramedicine Meeting (11/15) – Sponsored by Montana EMS and
Trauma Systems. To be held in Helena, discuss strategies to implement.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH / PREVENTION / EDUCATION:
• Community Mitigation Assistance Team (10/11 – 10/12) – Hosted this CMAT
workshop. Attended by multiple agencies in the region, from local to federal.
• Missoula County Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator – Met with the newly
established position, working for Missoula County OEM. Assisting with getting
Max established and productive.
• Fire Adapted Montana (10/25 – 10/26) – “Design Meeting”: Invitation only
meetings to begin design of a Fire Adapted Montana statewide fire preparedness
network. FRFD was only fire department represented.
• MCFPA Puppet Show (10/30) – Annual puppet show for Frenchtown
kindergartners.
• Halloween Warming Stations (10/31) – Continued annual tradition of providing
hot chocolate, cider, candy at Stations 1 and 8.
• County Midterm Elections (11/6) – FRFD Stations 1, 2, 5, 7 are designated
Missoula County Polling Places. Preparation for elections always takes time to
distribute tables and chairs, straighten & clean-up, then open each station and
move apparatus out for polling officials early in the morning. This is followed up
by closing up, returning apparatus, and bringing back tables and chairs.


APPARATUS:
• Structure Engine – Completing final minor details, continuing training.
• Chip Truck/Hauler – Chip box is being shipped, expected to be delivered within
next few weeks. Flatbed removal, chip box installation, other upfitting to be
completed this winter.
• Type 5 Hybrid – DNRC continues to work on this.
• DOT Grant Ambulance – Picked up ambulance in Salt Lake on 10/31.
Completing load-out and final training. Expect to be in service shortly.
• 1486 (811) – Remains out of service due to pump. Planning on starting major
work as the new 811 gets closer to in-service.
• 1447 (871) – Several valve issues resolved. Air leak identified, working on fix.
EVT’s state leak is still in compliance with DOT thresholds.


CHIEF SCHEDULE – UPCOMING:
• IAFC’s Volunteer & Combination Officer Section (VCOS) Symposium, 11/6 –
11/12

 

 

 

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