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Fire District Bylaws Scrutinized

00:00 AM February 13, 2018

District bylaws became the main topic of discussion during the Prophetstown Fire Protection District’s monthly trustees meeting. The 194 pages of bylaws were adopted by the department last November, but a document was presented to the board at the meeting that contained approximately 50 changes to those bylaws.


Board of trustee president Gary Gerber did not hide his dissatisfaction with the desired changes saying that all district personnel had ample opportunity to read through the bylaws and suggest changes prior to their adoption in November. Kevin Everly a Captain in the Prophetstown Department, who spent many months putting together the bylaws said, “The bylaws are the basis of all department decisions.” He went on to say he had scheduled several meetings giving district personnel opportunities to discuss the new bylaws before their adoption, but the meetings were poorly attended.


Discussion of changes centered around the type and number of training hours required by the district for firefighting personnel. The trustees took no action on the bylaws saying they needed time to read through the changes.


In his report Chief Keith Crady told the board he had completed a FEMA grant application for new firefighter gear and is working on completing a second grant for small equipment.


Assistant Chief Gerald Armstrong reported that department responded to 14 calls in the month of January. He added that the training schedule has been completed and posted.


Trustee Rick Woolums asked for adoption of revised personnel complaint and incident forms. He told the group that once a form is completed the complaintant and would meet with an officer to address the problem. Both forms were adopted. He also asked for permission to pursue the construction of a website for the district which will be used to post district information including required public notices. Woolums said he had discovered that notices can be posted on websites in lieu of paying for publication in local media. The website will be designed by Stahr Media from Rock Falls.


Ambulance administrator Julie Pope reported that crews responded to 48 calls in January. The new coats that were ordered for ambulance personnel have arrived with a few needing to be returned for repair of lettering.


Pope also said she would like to schedule another EMT certification class in conjunction with the Tampico Fire District. She is currently researching which hospital system will be used for the training.


The district trustees will meet again on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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