Fire board approves agreement with union

August 30, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Fire District governing board approved a memorandum of understanding with the professional firefighters association, as well as equipment purchases at Tuesday’s meeting.

The agreement with the Bullhead City Professional Fire Fighters Association takes effect Sept. 1, and includes three major changes: a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment, a step pay increase for eligible employees — both of which were included in the fire district’s budget approved in June — and a change to the BHCFD’s vacation accrual formula that will give each shift employee one additional vacation day per year.

The fire department is buying eight Stryker Power-Pro XT gurneys for $382,460.32. The Power-Pro XT proved superior to competing products in several aspects, said Forrest Taylor, emergency medical services manager.

The gurney is lighter than the competition and easier to use, and its oxygen tank mounting functionality will be convenient, he said.

The price includes taxes and reflects a $20,000 credit for eight gurneys the department will trade in.

Board Chairman David Cummings said he thought the warranty on the gurneys impressive.

Also approved was the purchase of 21 Ward Diesel vehicle exhaust removal systems for $195,477.

The systems best suit the department’s needs, according to Interim Fire Chief Patrick Moore. The No Smoke units can be attached to apparatus to reduce the amount of cancer-causing particulates the vehicles put into the air.

The exhaust removal systems, Moore said, will work on startup, as well as while a vehicle is driving or idling at an incident scene.

“We’ll make the environment a lot safer for our personnel,” Moore said.

BHCFD and Ward Diesel will work together to figure out a timeline for installing the systems, Battalion Chief Josh Livermore said.

One possibility, he said, is that the systems will be placed on apparatus the department has now and later transferred onto their replacement units.

The purchases are among items listed in a $16.7 million bond package approved by fire district voters in November.

The fire department’s apparatus subcommittee has been visiting manufacturing plants and expects to make a presentation to the board within a month, Moore said.

In the fire chief’s report, Moore said that a solar power project at Station 6 is completed and that the department is now reviewing its options for rectifying security and cybersecurity concerns. Department administrators will bring something to the board within 60 days, he said.

Fire Marshal Jim Dykens announced the BHCFD’s participation in the Oct. 3 National Night Out and its Oct. 13 Fire Prevention and Life Safety Fair.

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