Fire Department stresses need for new fire trucks

by Tom Ranson

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The Bellevue Dayton Fire Board held their monthly meeting on Wednesday July 1 at the firehouse.

Among the agenda items were various department reports including finances, administration & personnel, services & property and the fire chief’s report.
Captain Jim Richmond reported on present financial resources and needs in the near future for costly equipment.  Richmond stated that truck 210 in particular is in need of costly transmission repairs and valve repairs for the rig’s aerial ladder system.  Truck 210 is the oldest apparatus is the department.  Richmond included a cost estimate to replace truck 210 of $700,000 and that it will take 10 to 12 months to take delivery on a replacement as these trucks are custom built. Richmond and chief Mike Auteri also pointed out that the new truck will be smaller than truck 210 in order to navigate many of the narrow streets in both Bellevue and Dayton that truck 210 presently is too large to access.  Richmond is also of the opinion that the two pumper trucks will need to be replaced in 3 to 5 years.
Chief Auteri reported that the department is now in possession of new defibrillators at a cost of $69,000.  The new defibrillators have the capability to transmit vital statistics to a hospital while en route greatly enhancing their life saving capacities.  The defibrillators have an expected service life of roughly seven years.  Training on the new equipment will commence immediately.
Captain Richmond also recommended commendations for department members Brian Boyers, Mike Gullett and Shayne Schnell who responded to an emergency at Burger King on June 25th. Upon arrival the crew discovered a woman in labor and determined the baby was in a breech position which in turn caused them to reroute from St. Elizabeth Edgewood to St. Elizabeth North where while waiting for the E.R. personnel to arrive they successfully completed the breech delivery and then along with E.R. staff intubated the baby and began resuscitation.  As is customary when delivering a baby in the field the men were recognized with traditional “stork“ pins.
While taking questions from the public former board member Cathy Volter expressed concern over comments posted on Facebook by a department member that she felt may compromise public confidence in the department.  In a follow up interview Auteri said no violations of department social media policy were violated.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday August 5th at 6:00pm.

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