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OCTOBER 09, 2011


Opened the meeting:  The meeting opened at 1908 hours.


Attendance:  Paul Rocheleau, President; Lynn Billado, Vice-President; David St. Pierre, Secretary/Treasurer; Keith Ploof, Director two, Tony Labor, Director three.  Absent:  Crystal Lampman/Working;  Joan Beaudry, resigned.


Secretary’s report:  Keith made a motion to accept the Secretary’s report as printed and read, seconded by Lynn.  No discussion.  The motion carried.


Treasurer’s report:  Keith made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as printed, seconded by Lynn.  No discussion.  The motion carried.


Vice-President’s report:  Troy Rocheleau has been accepted on the junior member’s roster.  He attends MVUHS and the Northwest Technical Center at BFA in St. Albans.  He is enrolled in the Firefighter One and First Responder courses at that facility.  We have been given his course agenda and his class schedules.  He is doing OJT and practicals with us so that he gets hands on training associated with his course.  All the necessary paperwork has been taken care of including his parent’s permission and liability release forms.  Joan Beaudry has submitted her resignation letter.  Her schedule has changed again and cannot fill her duty time.  We will miss her.  She will continue to monitor the website.  Dave made a motion to accept her resignation without prejudice, seconded by Keith.  No further discussion.  The motion carried.  C.J. Constantine has submitted an application to drive with our organization.  He has been given a briefing and the necessary paperwork to be placed on the schedule.  Dave made a motion to accept C.J. as a 90 day probationary member, seconded by Lynn.  The board discussed his application.  The motion carried.  C.J. will come in on various days for his orientation and driver training.  The board also discussed the letters concerning Ray Connor’s letters that Ray submitted in reference to his training officer and supply positions.  These letters were discussed in depth.  Ray will receive a reply from Paul.




Building Maintenance:  The buildings are being taken care of by the day crew.  An electrical update was performed at the quarters building.  Motion detector lights were installed on both decks and in the storage building.  New electrical outside outlets were also installed.  All electrical plugs are ground fault protected.  Thanks to Ray and Keith and the day crew for this project.  They did an excellent job.


Vehicle Maintenance:  Unit one has been serviced at Parker Chevrolet.  Unit one also had a left rear tire replaced because a crew scuffed a curb causing two tears in the sidewall of the tire.  The tire was replaced at J & L Service Center.  Drivers are reminded to be careful when cutting corners.


Supply:  Most supplies are in sufficient quantities.  Dave is putting together a list of needed items.


Communications:  We have been given permission to use Swanton Village’s radio towers for our upcoming radio project.  Reggie stated that there will be no cost associated with the tower use.  Radio North has submitted on our behalf the radio license upgrade to narrow banding.  They are also working on submitting frequencies for our repeater project.  They will also be submitting a cost proposal for the repeater project.  They should have an estimate ready for our budget meeting.


Public Relations and Fund Raising:  Nothing to subject.  Rumors are still going around about the possible Willie Nelson concert in Highgate next year.  Nothing is firm yet.


Training:  We are scheduled for an airway class on the 12th of October, 2011.  The CPR schedule has been postponed and will be held during the last week of October.  The CPR training is mandatory for all personnel.  It is a paid training session.


District One Representative:  Clem will be instructing and EMT-B and an Advanced EMT course (new curriculum) starting both in January 2012.  His schedules have been posted.  The module classes are underway at Fairfax Rescue.  The course completes in December 2011.  The QA/QI committee will be starting again in January 2012.  The First Responder course will test in late December for EMT-B.


Board of Director Member Reports:


Vice-President:  We will be developing our budget for the calendar year 2012 in the November Board meeting. We need to perform the employee evaluations before the end of the year.


Secretary/Treasurer:  Nothing.


Directors 2 and 3:  Nothing.


Director 4:  We must appoint a director to fill the un-expired term of Joan Beaudry, who resigned.  We should appoint a member who is interested in the job and who will make an effort to make the meetings.  We will poll our members.


Old Business:  We must put more effort into updating our By-Laws.  We also need to do job descriptions for the Employee Manual.  Paul is working with the Franklin County Field Days in developing a communications plan.  They would also like to use the CERT Team in this plan.


New Business: Paul is developing a memo for all employees concerning driving the trucks.  Crew leaders should not be driving the ambulance unless absolutely necessary.  Crew leaders should be in the back.  Only EMT-I03’s can request medical orders.  This concerns liability issues.  Paul should have this ready soon.  Keith and other crew members are concerned that it is taking way too long to formulate run reports.  Crew leaders need to expedite writing the run reports.  Remember that you keep a truck out of service when this happens.   Lynn requested that the BOD meetings be changed back to Monday evenings.  No one on the BOD had a problem with going back to Mondays.  The next meeting will be Monday November 14th, 2011.  The meetings will be on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.


Scheduling:  C.J. has been placed on the schedule.  He will begin next week.


Adjournment:  Keith made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Tony.  No discussion.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 2135.