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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Possible Election and Resolutions Were New Business Concerns at Rye Fire Meeting
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The regular January meeting of the Rye Fire Protection District was held Monday, January 20. All Board Members, as well as Chief Steve Bennett and Captain Jim Beach of the Rye Fire Protection District were in attendance.

Chairman Schaiberger is working with an individual who will meet with Trustee Graber to discuss knocking the holes in the walls necessary so the exhaust fans can be mounted. Once the fans have been mounted, the conduit will be installed, and the final electrical work done. Work will probably be done from the outside to help mitigate the dust. The demolition saws the fire department will use have water hook-ups which will also help keep the amount of dust in check.

Chief Bennett reported Rye Fire responded to 86 calls in December. Only 7 of those calls were fire-related; the other 79 were EMS-related. This represented an increase of 28% from 2018, but was nearly the same as the 5-year average of 85 calls. There were a total of 1025 calls in 2019, 833 (81%) of which were EMS-related (both medical calls and motor vehicle accidents) and 192 were fire-related.

The rescue truck engine is being repaired by Rush’s truck center. The work is estimated to take 8 to 12 weeks. The air intake on this unit should be repositioned. Chief Bennett will request that work be done at the same time as the engine repair.

Chief Bennett is still waiting on a response for his request for a donation of two surplus cruisers that can be used for travel by fire-department on-duty personnel when trucks are not required. The security cameras have been installed at both stations. They are secured, active, and recording. The education agreement wording is still being finalized.

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