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ESD No. 2, Eagle Creek VES talk brush truck purchases
Chief Jackie Komives (from left) and Ginney Beauman listen as Emergency Medical Services Director Tricia Olsen of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services engages in a discussion with the Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 2 board at its March 18 meeting. / WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Three agenda items discussed March 18 by the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 board will have to be acted upon at a future meeting. This is because documents related to actual costs were not made available in time for the meeting.
The board again tabled its discussion of allocating 50 percent of the expense for a basic emergency medical technician course. Chief Jackie Komives of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services (VES) said a miscommunication between prospective students and the Alamo Colleges Floresville Center was partly to blame for the delay.
Also tabled was a discussion related to the ESD purchasing uniforms for Eagle Creek’s firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Komives still is gathering price quotes. She also is obtaining additional information related to billing software being considered for purchase, which is why that item also was tabled.
The ESD board did, however, vote to pay the following bills:
•Attorney fees for February 2013, $2,164.50.
•Monthly payments to Eagle Creek VES; $8,682.59 for ambulance services, $8,676.84 for firefighting services.
In other business, the board and Eagle Creek VES representatives discussed brush truck needs for the district. Komives said the purchase of a government surplus pickup truck is currently under consideration. She said the truck was being sold for $2,000 and that Eagle Creek VES could spend an additional $1,000 for a skid-mounted pump, hose reel, and 250-gallon tank to be installed in the truck’s bed.
Building their own small brush truck -- which could be used as a first response or “quick attack” vehicle -- could come at a significant cost savings for Eagle Creek VES. Komives said she has seen costs for new brush trucks ranging from $88,000 to $200,000. The department also is researching the feasibility of performing repairs to a pickup truck it already owns, which could result in two small brush trucks.
Eagle Creek VES’ Emergency Medical Services Director Tricia Olsen said she is researching numerous grant opportunities that could help defray the cost of new trucks.
The ESD board’s next regular meeting is set for Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m. The board also is planning to hold a workshop session Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m., in which updates to its policies and procedures manual will be discussed, along with lessons learned from the recent Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts conference.
In attendance: ESD board members Bob Gadd, Bill Kenney, Roger Brickley, Larry Phillips, and Royal Munro; and Jackie Komives, Tricia Olsen, and Ginney Beauman of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services.
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