2020-10-01 Minutes

October 2020 Meeting Minutes https://www.blountcofireandemsassociation.org/


•    Representatives of each member department: Allgood, Banger, Blount County Rescue Squad, Blountsville, Brooksville, Cleveland, Dallas/Selfville, Holly Springs, Locust Fork, Mt. High, Murphree Valley, Nectar, Oneonta, Pine Mountain, Remlap, Ricetown, Royal, Snead, Straight Mountain, Summit and West Blount.
•    Associate members present: EMA, 911/Comms, Forestry, Special Ops, BREMSS, Blount EMS, State Fire Marshall and RAMS.
Chairman’s Remarks

•    Recognition of Guest: Central Alabama Training Systems (CATS) – Chris Hawkins Recognition of Guest: Dry Tech, Ryan Vidischak

Previous Meeting Minutes
Motion to Accept: Mike Benson – Blountsville VFD 2nd Motion to Accept: Jeff Baril – BCRS
2020 January Meeting Minutes were approved with no objections or corrections.

Financial Reports

Motion to Accept: Jon Head– Pine Mountain F&EMS District 2nd Motion to Accept: Mike Benson – Blountsville VFD
2020 January Financial Report was approved with no objections or corrections.

Committee Reports Chair’s Report
•    Chairman Hill updated members about recent discussions with the Blount County HCA and run reports.
•    Chris detailed the recent AAC meeting concerning run numbers.

Report provided by Don Roybal, Blount County EMA Director:
•    Fuelman Report
•    September fuel expenses were at 66% of the monthly budget. Annual end of the year usage was approximately $46000, under the budgeted $50000 total. Keep reports coming to Ken @ EMA.
•    Need number of possible ICS 400 students to complete request to Alabama Fire College
•    4 departments received DHS grants.

Report provided by Neal Brooks, Blount County 911 Center Director:
•    Active 911 program training to be held 10/7 @ 911 or by weblink.
•    CAD vendor text messaging will stop per Verizon.
•    Neal is still negotiating with Motorola on P25 costs.
Report provided by Chris:

•    TANGO/TANGO costs are $1000 per year for one frequency up to 3 frequencies. There is a way to share costs across the county per Chief Dodson @ Bangor VFD or others.

•    Check the website calendar for updated training information.
•    Station 84 started Block 4 of 160 in October

Fire Prevention – No Report

Explorer Post – No Report Forestry
•    Kenneth Cain handed out Cares Act grant applications
Special Ops – No Report
St. Vincent's Blount - No Report BREMSS
Report provided by Brian Gober, Manager of Education and Provider Service to Chris:
•    BREMSS is currently working on their new building
•    The annual BREMSS Banquet will be conducted through virtual methods
Blount EMS

Report provided by Wesley Powell, Blount EMS Operations Manager

•    CPR/ALS training starts in October
Law Enforcement – No Report State Fire Marshall –
•    Investigator Fred Cochran reminded all to call him at any time if you need any assistance from SFM office
Coroner - No Report

Blount County District Attorney Office – No Report Survival Air, Air-Evac – No Report


Report provided by Brandon Dolan

•    Please call if we are needed.
•    Aircraft does carry blood products.
•    A long delay for a ground ambulance justifies “medical necessity” for air transport.
Alabama Fire College – No Report Red Cross - No Report

Good and Welfare – No Report OLD Business
•    Chairman Hill conducted officer elections.
•    Nominating Committee provided the slate of officers as:
    Chairman – Chris Hill
    Vice-Chairman – Paul Gilbert
    Secretary – Jessica Green
    Treasurer – Doug Smith
    Training Officer – Josh Gibson
    Fire Fighter of the Year – J.J. Ivey, West Blount Fire & EMS District
    EMT of the Year – Billy Glass, Blount EMS / Rosa Fire Department
•    A nomination from the floor was received for EMT of the Year. Tommy Shellnut was nominated. A show of hands vote was taken for EMT of the Year with Tommy Shellnut receive the majority.
•    Floor nominations for all other officer slots were called for three separate times with motion to close nominations for each slot.
•    Blount County 911 nominated Communication Officer Andi Murphree as the Dispatcher of the Year.

NEW Business

•    Ryan Vidischak of Dry Tech reminded all about their policy that any displaced un-insured homeowner customer gets security personnel at their residence plus an overnight hotel stay during an event should they have to leave the residence.

January    Remlap    July    Nectar
February    Sneed    August    Mount High - Ricetown
March    West Blount    September    STV Blount
April    Coroner Office TBD    October    Holly Springs
May    Blountsville    November    Palisades
June    Straight Mountain    December    Oneonta