City Countil Work Session - Minutes

Mon., Jun. 12, 2017

Mayor Drotzmann called the work session meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Present were Councilors Hardin, Myers, Gutierrez, Primmer, Beas-Fitzgerald and Smith. Councilors Kirwan and Davis were excused. Staff members in attendance were City Manager Byron Smith, City Attorney Gary Luisi, Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan, Chief Edmiston, Clinton Spencer, Roy Bicknell, and Heather LaBeau. News media present were Jade Mc Dowell of the East Oregonian and Michael Kane of NE Oregon Now.

Umatilla County Fire District #1

Fire Chief Scott Stanton presented the Umatilla County Fire District #1 annual report for 2016.  The new fire district started July 1, 2016.  Fire Chief Stanton reviewed the responsibilities of the district and the many activities of which they are participants.

The resident intern program had nine positions this year.  This is an increase of three from the six positions the previous year.  It is an intense training opportunity for the interns.

The firefighters received over 7,500 hours of training and education and 70 certifications.

New infrared cameras were purchased with a grant from Wal-Mart.  New state of the art cardiac monitors were purchased with the help of a grant from the Good Shepherd Foundation.

Fire calls continue to increase.  Fire calls are up 26% and EMS calls are up 3% from last year.

The district supports BMCC with the Fire Science Program.  Many of the classes are held at the Westland Station.  It is exciting to have a local college offer the degree.

Station 22 on Diagonal Road held an open house a few weeks ago that was well attended.  The first two months, the station handled 25% of the emergency medical calls.

Some capital projects include another transport ambulance.  They are awaiting delivery in August.  A type 5 brush engine is about ready to go in service.   This replaces an older engine.  A Fire Training Tower will be built in cooperation with BMCC.  It will be a four story tower located at the Westland Station.  Other districts in the area can train on the tower and receive the ISO credits.

A cooperative effort with the city is starting in July.  Lt. Studebaker has been promoted to help with arson investigations.  It will be a huge help to have a sworn officer available.

A community paramedic program has been funded through January 31, 2018.  A community paramedic can make at home visits to those with chronic illnesses to avert utilization of emergency room visits and reduce ALS ambulance use.  The community paramedic will also have the ability to conduct lab work in the field.

The mayor and councilors thanked Chief Stanton for his presentation and expressed appreciation to him and his crew for their service to the area.

Mayor Drotzmann ended the work session at 6:45 pm. The Councilors took a short recess before the regular City Council meeting convened at 7:00pm.

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