Board Meeting 18 January 2022

Consent Items

Minutes of the Last Meeting

Held 21 December, 2021

Submitted by Dan Gower, Board Secretary

The meeting was called to order at 6:20pm by Don Black. Members of the Board in attendance were Don Black, Dan Gower, Lou Henson, Mike Crabill, Bill Long and Scott Olguin.

The consent items were presented. Discussion was held concerning an update to the grant report.  The consent items were approved unanimously.

Old Business

Under Old Business, Discussion was held concerning the proposed budget as presented by Chief Gower and President Black. The operational budget was approved unanimously. Discussion was held concerning the capital expenditures. Chief Gower presented his list of operational priorities for capital expenditures in a motion to approve the list of items required to improve our readiness and response. In priority those items were shown as #1 a water collection tank and refill pump located at Station Two, #2 replacement radios, #3 a Lucas Device for the FRO, #4 consideration of a water supply trailer or a fire boat for suppression and water supply, and #5 additional extrication equipment. Each item will need full analysis and a price determined for Board approval for actual purchase. The motion passed unanimously.

New Business

For New Business Chief Gower presented a proposal for the disposition of the vehicle that served as Water Supply. Based upon market values research by Jim Miiller the Board approved selling the vehicle for an asking price of $5,500 or best offer as is. The motion passed. Advertisement of the sale will be made on our various sites, e.g., Facebook, NextDoor, and website.

Meeting adjourned at 1917.

Treasurer’s Report

Submitted by Lou Henson, Board Treasurer


Calendar year thru 31 December, 2021

Cash Flow

For the period 1 December, 2021 through 31 December, 2021


Through 31 December, 2021

Chief’s Report

Submitted by Dan Gower

We ended the CY 2021 with 157 medical calls and 26 fire related calls – quite a year statistically.
2022 is off to a roaring start with 12 medical calls already in January.

My goals for this year are to get our training documentation in place and a maintenance documentation program in place as well. Supporting that will be the development of relevant and current SOP/SOGs for our personnel to be able to refer to. Recent events point to the need to standardize and publish guidelines and provide our personnel with the equipment to execute our tasks safely and efficiently.

I’m excited about the possibility of some incident command training put on by Hamilton EMS. We have the only department in the county that uses a standard shift command structure and our shift commanders are some of the best there are. We can be a leader in this county for incident command proficiency.

Auxiliary Report

Submitted by Charlotte Hays

Nothing new to report.

Grant Report

Submitted by Bill Daly

Texas A&M Forest Service

  • PPE Grant – request was funded for $ 20,000 at the October 13 funding meeting. Bunker Gear, Helmets, & Dual Certified Gear is on order.


  • SCBA Grant – Most equipment has been received. Still waiting on two units with tranfser hoses.
  • County Communications Equipment Grant – Grant application has been updated and resubmitted.

Firehouse Subs

Grant application submitted on 1/13/2022 for $10,494.80 -Wildland PPE- 10 sets of pants & shirts, 30 Bullard helmets & goggles, 30 pairs gloves, 10 radio chest harnesses. No matching funds are required for this grant. Should receive notification by April 13, 2022.

Federal Infrastructure Bill

The bill scheduled to be signed by the president on Monday, November 15 includes money for “Wildfire defense grants for at-risk communities.” Frank Serpas is checking on this.

Old Business

None at this time.

New Business

Water Tank for Station Two

Submitted by Don Black

AgriTek submitted a proposal for the same basic system as Station One, totaling $19,672.86. They also included options for increased tank size. The detailed quote is available here.

The quote from Centerline for installation of the electrical service to the pump is an additional $1,859.38.

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