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October a Bad Month for Rye Fire Vehicles
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The Rye Fire Protection District Board of Directors met Monday, November 18. Fire Chief Steve Bennett, Captain Jim Beach, and all trustees were in attendance.

Chief Bennett reported that for the month of October, there were 93 calls, 16 of which were fire-related and 77 were EMS-related. Calls were down by 6% from 2018, which was the busiest October on record, although this year is the second busiest October on record. The 93 calls represent an increase of 21% over the 5-year average of 77.

The fans needed for the new exhaust system at both stations have been acquired. Department personnel have been so busy with calls, cutting the holes in the walls will be outsourced. Bids are being acquired for that work. An electrician is in place to do the wiring once the fans have been installed.

Numerous vehicles had mechanical issues in October. The Wildland truck broke down while on a fire, but Country Roads and Bridge employees were able to repair it in the field. The back up ambulance had an air conditioner clutch fail and seize. That repair was completed in-house. The Brush truck had a radiator break and the ambulance had several issues. Both of these vehicles have been repaired and are back in service. The Rescue Truck had a mechanical failure in the engine with compression and rings, and is still being repaired.

The installation of the security camera and system has been completed for the station in Colorado City. The works is still being done on the station in Rye.

The education agreement is still being reviewed by the attorneys. The intent of the agreement is acceptable, but the wording is still being worked out. Chief Bennett expects this to be completed by year end.

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