Commissioner Meeting Minutes – February 2018


February 8, 2018


The regular meeting of Joint Fire Protection Ferry County District 3/Stevens County District 8 was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on February 8, 2018 at the District Office by Chairperson: Charlie Cole.

Present: Commissioners Chez Young, Helen Sowards, Shirly Nevin, Steve Benell and Dale McNitt. Chief Herb Hippler, Medical Officer Rich Robinson, Purchasing Agent Mark Stevens, and Secretary, Shauna Hippler.


Guests: Ken Kerr


Minutes: Helen made the motion to accept the January 2018 minutes, Dale 2nd, vote was unanimous.


Resolutions: None


Communications to Board: Charlie read over the incoming mail.


Ken Kerr: Ken presented to the Commissioners a program of “outreach” for the community and to keep fire fighters in the district from leaving to go on contracted fires. He would go to meetings etc asking for endorsements for Fuel Reduction. Ken was hired by the commissioners as the new Public Relations Outreach Commander.


Alivia’s accident follow up: Waiting to hear from BVFF.


Injury Control: The board for Injury Control are; Dale since he is in charge of fire safety and Thomas Lonelywolf, Steve Benell and Herb Hippler. If any injuries occur then a safety report needs to be turned in to the safety officers along with a report describing the injury and then sent to the council to review, this is required by BVFF.


New Business: None


Correspondence: It was brought to the commissioners’ attention that when firefighters are on an accident scene that it would be a good idea to have good lighting so they can be seen easier by oncoming traffic, ie balloon lights.


Budget Report: Shirly went over the budget report.


Voucher approval: Monthly payables were reviewed and approved by commissioners. Steve made the motion to accept and Helen 2nd, vote was unanimous.  



Vouchers Audited and Certified BY THE AUDITING OFFICER AS REQUIRED BY RCW 42.24.080 and those expense reimbursement claims certified as required by RCW 42.24.090, have been recorded on a listing, which has been made available to the board. As of this date February 8, 2018 the board by a unanimous vote, does approve for payment those vouchers included in the above list and further described as follows: Accounts Payable vouchers #320423 through #320439 in the amount of $8,302.47.

Committee Reports:

  • Buildings: (Ziggys) Chez handed out a Pole bldg estimate sheet for discussion on the NP/FC station. We will put a bid in the paper for building supply estimates. We need to get 3 bids also for utility service of 400 amp set up and inspection.


  • Dave Phelps from Fogle March 8: Commissioners meeting on March 8 Fogle will be here to give examples on how to set up the NP/FC station for water.



  • Communications: None
  • Fire Safety: None
  • Recruitment: None
  • Insurance: None


Medical Officer Report: There are currently 2 firefighters in the EMT class. Thomas East and Gene Earsley. Rich is getting them set up with their own equipment. Rich would also like to have training for the firefighters who respond and help with accidents. What equipment is needed and basic training for traffic control etc. Went over First Responder calls for the month.


Chiefs Report: DNR phase II grant approved grant number 2018-06 in the amount of $10,100

FEMA grant submitted in the amount of $111,000 hoses, PPE and SCBA tanks.

Will take over one year before the announcements come out.


Barney’s Station captain will be Jacob East.


All jaws of life equipment has been distributed to the following station 2,4,1 and 7.


Ice rescue was a big success, 3&8 made the front page of the Statesman Examiner.


Will be posting training records for everyone to see.


Forest service contract and bill, we need something set for 2018 wildland service for billing and proper tax deductions.


We have 9 people attending the structure training in Colville, the final date will be March 5th, 2018.


The last chiefs meeting we had three entities wanting volunteers to do more work. NPS wanted the districts to patrol camp grounds during a burn ban. The Stevens County Coroner wants all the districts to do a “natural death” form because the sheriff told her that he did not want his deputies to do them.


The Federal government wanted to do live data drug over dose app for all department to do on scene.



Open Issues:


  • Burn Building: None
  • Executive Session: 8:14 to 8:32.


Steve made a motion to adjourn meeting at 9:20pm Helen seconded. Motion was unanimous.


Respectfully submitted:

Shauna Hippler, Secretary ___________________________________


Charlie Cole, Chairperson ____________________________


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