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Fire Commission Tables Fire Inspection Software

01/26/2012 at 3:00pm

Fire Commission Tables Fire Inspection Software

At the Fort Myers Beach Fire District's Fire Commission's monthly meeting on Tuesday night, the Board decided to table a decision on purchasing a new software program designed to make fire inspections easier and appointed Commissioner Carol Morris to a fact-gathering team to look at the six respondents to the District's Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new ambulance billing service.

During the Chief's report, Chief Mike Becker reported that, since January 20, the District's third ambulance has been in service around the clock in response to the higher amounts of calls during season, and that next week crews will be out inspecting fire hydrants.

"Offload delays for our EMS transports are a concern going into busy season and the District is in a continuous state of monitoring the hospitals to avoid delays,” he said. "As far as union negotiations, the District is moving through the process for Impasse.”

Becker also reported that the Explorers have been actively participating in ride-a-longs, and that former Explorer JJ returned from the Navy after graduating 3rd in his class.

Lt. Ron Martin then informed the Board that the District is in the running for the 'Heart Safe Community Award’ and that only two such awards are given in the entire nation: one for communities with over 100,000 residents and one for

communities with less than 100,000 residents.

During the discussion of MobileEyes, Martin explained that the District has been working for a year and a half on a project to improve efficiency in the department.

"One of the identified needs was in inspection,” he said. "MobileEyes is the best product out there to do what we needed to do. The equipment will provide inspectors with the ability to instantly detect a violation, print out the state statute that proves it - along with a list of their rights – right there on the spot.”

When Morris questioned spending money on the software, Commission Chairman David Brower pointed out the public relations aspect of the program.

"To me, the $2,700 a year is worth it on that alone,” he said, and Schindler said that the District is spending money left and right and made a motion that the issue be tabled until after negotiations are completed. Despite Becker pointing out that the item had been budgeted for, the motion passed 3-2 (Brower, Goodacre dissenting).

The Board then voted to appoint Commissioner Morris to participate in the discussions with the six respondents to the RFP for ambulance billing services, with the recommendations to be discussed at the February Board meeting.

The next meeting of the FMB Fire Commission will be on Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm at Station 31.

Keri Hendry