MISSISQUOI VALLEY RESCUE, INC.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
AUGUST 21, 2011
Opened the meeting: 19:05 Hours
Attendance: Paul Rocheleau, President; Lynn Billado, Vice-President; David St.Pierre, Secretary/Treasurer; Crystal Lampman, Director one; Tony Labor, Director three; Joan Beaudry, Director four. Keith Ploof absent. Member at Large: Jaime Greeno.
Secretary’s report: Crystal made a motion to accept the minutes as printed, seconded by Tony. No discussion. The motion carried.
Treasurer’s report: Lynn made a motion to accept the financial report as printed, seconded by Joan. No discussion. The motion carried. The BOD signed the financial reports from previous months.
Vice-President’s report: Jaime Greeno was in attendance and requested a red lite permit. The BOD discussed the request because Jaime lives on Fourth Street, which is pretty close to the bay. Joan also stated that she would like a red lite permit. Crystal made a motion to grant permission for both Jaime and Joan to have a red lite permit, seconded by Lynn. No further discussion. The motion carried. New Personnel: Rocky Berry has submitted his application to work for MVR. He is an EMT-B with many years of experience. He also works for Enosburg ambulance service and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. He has been placed on the schedule and will begin work on September 2nd and 9th. Elwin Sweeney has interest in a driver’s position. Elwin is no longer certified, but was an EMT-I for many years. Lynn will contact him for some commitment. She is starting an application pool for those who may be interested in working. They will be kept on file for future use.
Building Maintenance: We had a person who needed 10 hours of community service. Chad Merchant worked for us cleaning the ambulances, detailing the vehicles, pressure washing the heavy building, and cleaning the inside of the heavy building. He did an excellent job and saved us a lot of work. The crews have also been busy. They have stained the quarter’s deck, the field days First-Aid station deck, replaced the shore line plug on the heavy rescue truck, cleaned and dusted the office.
Vehicle Maintenance: The trucks have been left very dirty, oxygen low or empty, and not fully restocked. The BOD discussed this problem in detail. Crew leaders will now document which crews are leaving the trucks this way. Those responsible will face disciplinary action with the possibility of termination. This problem is not acceptable.
Supply: A new order is being assembled. We have replaced a Glucometer in Unit II and will replace the other one soon.
Communications: We are looking into many new upgrades in the future. We have started the process in getting a repeater for our system. This will allow us to communicate with portables any- where in our area. We are also going to start replacing our portable radios next year. We have spoken to the Village manager about placing an antenna on one of Swanton’s towers. He is looking into this project.
Public Relations and Fund Raising: We participated in Swanton’s “Take Back the Night” project. We set-up our heavy truck and MCI trailer and distributed handouts, took blood pressures and BGL, and generally had a good time. It was a good night and was well attended by the community. An open house is planned for Saturday September 10th, 2011. It is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be held in the fire station and municipal complex. The fire department, police department, and MVR are participating in this joint project. MVR will have an informational display board, a display for our new Auto-Pulse; will be performing blood pressures, BGL, and ECG for those interested. We will also have balloons and hand-outs for the public. Joan has the web site up and running. She is trying to get a domain name for the website.
Training: Training is not happening. It has been scheduled, but most of the time it is cancelled. Everyone is getting frustrated. We need to do training if we are to get enough credits for recertification. We need to place more effort on completing this task.
District Representative: First Responder Course Modules will be starting soon in Fairfax. Dave and Mike have decided to complete all the modules. We will complete this project at the end of December 2011. The UVM extension service wants to start courses in District One. They are good, but expensive.
Vice-President: We have made some changes to the Employee Manual and must update this book. Crystal made a motion to accept these changes, seconded by Joan. No other discussion. Motion carried. Jaime has not been receiving the correct pay. Dave has contacted Laurie to correct this error. He will contact her again.
No other officer reports.
Old Business: The Franklin County Field Days are going to set-up a communications plan to use during the field days and for emergency situations. They are also going to contact CERT to see if they can coordinate with them during these projects. They are also looking into setting up a command center during the field days.
New Business: Nothing to report.
Scheduling: We will wait to see if the doctor will allow Josh to drive with his broken hand. He must have a signed release form.
Adjournment: Crystal made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Joan. No discussion. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 20:56.
David E. St.Pierre, EMT-I03