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BHCFD chief Moore gets ‘interim’ tag removed

October 4, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Fire District governing board last week chose Patrick Moore to lead the fire department.

Tuesday morning, the board made it official, approving a contract with Moore as fire chief.

It’s a two-year agreement, Moore said, but he said language in the contract clarifies that he serves “at the pleasure of the board,” meaning it has the right to terminate him before the contract ends.

The contract calls for an annual salary of $128,122. No other aspects of Moore’s benefits, such as vacation accrual, were changed, he said.

He described it as a “standard fire chief-fire district contract,” which had been drawn up by the fire district’s attorney.

Moore was named interim chief in June. He replaces Rick Southey, who retired effective June 1.

Moore was chief of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire Department for 71/2 years before joining the BHCFD in January.

An agenda item on advertising for a request for qualifications for construction services was tabled.

A citizen advisory committee later recommended that the fire board approve the purchase of 50 remote speaker microphones for $30,706.83.

The devices will be connected to firefighters’ helmets and enable Bluetooth communication among crews, Moore said.

The fire board appointed the committee to oversee the spending of money from a $16.7 million bond package approved by fire district voters in November.

Moore told the committee that a team from the BHCFD will meet Monday with Firetrucks Unlimited personnel to talk about the schedule and scope of work for a refurbishment project. The Henderson, Nevada, company is reconditioning a ladder truck for the department.

Refurbishment has emerged as an alternative to buying a new fire truck or ambulance.

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