By Sarah Judd

The Pahranagat Valley Fire District met Jan. 22.

In the ambulance report, Ryan Rhodes reported that Trish Schofield will be gone for three months starting in March. Rhodes would like to start another EMT class in March and run through mid-June. The classes would be Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays. If anyone is interested in joining this class, please contact Ryan Rhodes at (702) 682-1016.

In emergency management, Roberta Park explained that the power outage on Jan. 21 opened her eyes. No one knew how long it would be out. The current emergency plan includes going to the gym to provide help to residents. If the outage had continued, Park was going to check on people with oxygen and see how long they had left.

Park requested that there be another meeting with the Pahranagat Valley Emergency Response Committee (PVERC) to go over things again. She wants to go through what supplies the district has in stock. The district has four generators, including one big one. Park believes the water from the well is available for up to twenty-four hours after the generator goes out.

The district needs the ability to obtain fuel during a power outage. Park wants the big priorities to include heat, people, oxygen tanks, and fuel. An Eagle Scout project is creating a reverse 911 for the valley in order to help keep track better of people in emergency situations.

In district management, the board approved the write-offs. Year to date, there have been seventy-six calls with thirty-three billable. November brought in $300 and December just under $9,000. The board agreed to get more training on billing. Salaries and wages were under budget, so the board approved moving the money needed from capital outlay.

In the fire chief report, the Pahranagat Valley Search and Rescue team reported that they need two to five new people. Applicants will need to meet qualifications and must have a background check. The sheriff’s office has donated a few vehicles which will be stored in the Alamo Firehouse. The group will have training on three to five things each year. They will be taught maps, first aid, CPR, and crime scene prevention. The fire department would like to get a couple people under the sheriff’s insurance and then have a list of fifteen to 20 people to call if needed. The team will be debriefed and receive fuel cards after each call. They also need to be able to document suspicious things when on a rescue call.

Insurance Service Organization (ISO) evaluation involves the property rates being updated. The district can make improvements to increase their ratings, which include having a water supply up in Hiko, or hosting testing and pump testing every year. Coming up with a system to test equipment is probably the most doable to improve their ratings. Outside of that, there is the water supply and then training. To qualify for training, they have to do sixteen hours of training per person, per month, which could include online training done at home. For water, each station would need 4,000 gallons of water on wheels per station.

Lastly, the board reiterated that Panther Automotive will do the work on all of the vehicles. Derek Hansen, who works through them, will start tending the vehicles in Hiko on a regular basis.