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Sanibel fire makes final purchases in old budget

By Staff | Sep 18, 2019

The commission meeting for the Sanibel Fire & Rescue District on Wednesday served as more a preview to the main event later that afternoon, the finalization of the district’s new budget.

The meeting took less than 30 minutes, with only three resolutions being made.

The commission, which only had two members present, approved the purchase of emergency lighting for its new vehicles at a cost of around $11,000.

It also approved entering into a new contract to update the software at the firehouse at a cost of $13,190, and, most important, the purchase of a new pump truck, at a cost of around $460,000. All the purchases were approved from last year’s budget.

Deputy Chief William Briscoe said much of the work on the fire stations have been completed for the year, including the fixing of the generator and the supply of fuel for it was added.

As far as boats, the district has met with five different vendors about purchasing new ones. Briscoe told the commissioners they would have to pass a resolution for a match with the county for a grant to help purchase those boats.

They expect to narrow down the bids to three by the end of October.

In other news, the new district website is up and running, though the station was having trouble getting to it because of their network. The site is fully compliant with the ADA and Department of Labor requirements. It is supposed to be more user friendly and have updated features as well as meetings and agendas.

The Sanibel Fire 7 Rescue will also be represented at the annual Brotherhood Ride, which will act as an escort for the ride next month with the commissioners’ permission. The ride occurs throughout the country is a remembrance for fallen first responders nationwide. All money raised goes to the families of the fallen.

The ride will start in Titusville go north to Jacksonville and eventually make its way down the west coast to Fort Myers and Cape Coral. It will be a nearly 700-mile ride and the group will pay for the fuel.

Also, among the most unusual rescues the department made last month included a dog that got its neck stuck in an auto recliner, which had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life.

Commissioner Richard McCurry expressed interest in being a liaison with the auditor as well as holding an August meeting, which the district does not do, as it is so close to budget season.

Bruce Cochrane commented he would like to see commissioners make more money. They have made the same amount for the past several years and have fallen behind most in Lee County.

Chief Matthew Scott was recognized for 26 years of eservice, and Lt. Brian Howell for 18 years.