Fire station renovation near completion

November 28, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Renovation work at fire stations 1 and 2 is practically complete, Scott Neal said Tuesday morning.

Neal, an assistant chief with the Bullhead City Fire Department, told the fire district’s governing board that some of the work was started in January.

“We will look at the processes we used and see if we can improve on our timelines,” Neal said. “But contractors are busy, and our projects are small, so we get pushed down the list quite a bit.”

The work at Station 2 included repairing areas damaged in a break-in and moving crew bedrooms to an outside wall to improve egress, Neal said after the meeting.

At Station 1, he said, the work included reorganizing the battalion chief’s quarters and renovating the fire chief’s office.

Also at the meeting, Fire Chief Patrick Moore said that nine individuals are in the process of applying to be new firefighters, including four who have completed applications and testing.

The department has two openings, he said. The chosen candidates’ start dates will depend on wether local applicants are chosen or if the new firefighters have to relocate.

Moore also said that the BCFD now has 15 members proficient in rope-rescue techniques, crediting Battalion Chief Josh Livermore and others with putting on the training.

The latest bond projects, Moore said, include new extrication equipment recently put into service and self contained breathing apparatus expected to be in service in about two weeks.

Those projects were part of the purchases identified in a $16.7 million bond package approved by fire district voters last year.

The agenda only contained three action items:

1. The board approved $7,150 for installation of new power gurneys on six ambulances. The installation contractor, L&B Mobile Medical, is certified by gurney manufacturer Stryker.

2. The December meeting was scheduled for the 18th at 8:30 a.m. at the Bullhead City Council Chamber. The board ordinarily meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, but that falls on Christmas Day.

3. Board Chairman David Cummings and member Karen Flenniken were sworn in to new terms. The two kept their seats after running unopposed in the November election.

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