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Fire Hydrant Testing and Garage Venting Solution Dominated Rye Fire Meeting
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The Rye Fire Protection District Board of Directors met Monday, July 15. Chairman John Schaiberger, Directors Rich Simpson, Wally Rice, and Mike Graber as well as Chief Steve Bennett and Captain Jim Beach were present. Director George McGoff was absent.

After several months of discussion and consideration of different options, Director Graber presented a solution for the garage exhaust situation that was voted on and approved. Large fans will be installed high in the walls of the fire department garages. They will be wired so they can be switched on as the doors open, causing the exhaust to be pushed out of the garage as clean outside air flows in. The project was approved with an initial budget of $15,000: if the cost exceeds that amount, a request for additional funds may be presented to the Board. The work will be overseen and completed through the combined efforts of Chief Bennett, Director Graber, fire department personnel, and licensed tradesmen. Chairman Schaiberger thanked Director Graber for going above and beyond in preparing the proposal and suggested the Board consider compensating him for his work. Director Graber declined the suggestion saying he was just happy to do his part to keep our fire department personnel safe.

Chief Bennett advised the Board that the water hydrant testing for Colorado City has resumed. He said it has been something of a slow process, since the hydrants haven't been maintained and opening and closing them can be a difficult and time-consuming process. There has been some public concern that water lines may break during the testing process. Chief Bennett concurred this can happen, but said that's one of the reasons why the hydrants are tested. Both he and Captain Beach emphasized it was much safer to have a line break during testing than in an emergency situation when property, civilian lives, and firefighter's lives could all be at risk.

The hydrants will be painted as testing is completed. Chief Bennett said the red paint for the hydrants isn't an issue, but he needs to get the proper shades of yellow and green paint to match those hydrants painted by the Boy Scouts last year. After all the hydrants have been tested, routine maintenance needs to be performed. He is working with Donny Scheid of the Colorado City Metro District to try to determine the best way to do that. Chief Bennett said maintenance was actually a duty that should be performed by CCMD, but he realizes there is a man power issue. He said testing has been completed for 150 of the 400 hydrants in Colorado City.

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