Fire board approves purchase of new staff truck
The Captiva Island Fire Control District’s commissioners started off their recent meeting with a moment of silence, bidding a final farewell to one of their own who had served the island.
On Dec. 10, Fire Chief Jeff Pawul and Fire Commissioners C.W. Kilgore, Sherrill Sims and Jeffrey Brown bowed their heads and marked the “last call” for former Commissioner Robert “Bob” Brace. He had passed away that morning, which the family had called and shared with the district, Pawul reported.
Brace resigned from the commission in April, and Brown later filled his seat.
At his final meeting, he was presented with a hat and an engraved trophy thanking him for his 18 years of service to the community, a combination of his time as a commissioner and volunteer firefighter.
Also at the meeting, the commission voted 3-0 to approve the purchase of a new staff truck for the district, with a not-to-exceed amount of $50,000. Prior to the vote, Pawul explained that the vehicle is needed to tow the district’s fire boat. He has been researching and comparing three different makes.
“The base price is all within $5,000 of each other,” Pawul said.
He added that he was going to work with a dealer in Jacksonville that honored the Florida Sheriff’s Association pricing, but he spoke to a local dealer who was willing to matching the FSA price.
“It’s always significantly lower than the MSRP,” he said.
Pawul noted that the cost will include the lights, siren and such.
After the vote, he explained that the monies for the truck had been allocated as part of last year’s fiscal budget so the funds would just be moved to this year, but a budget amendment will be needed later.
The commissioners also voted 3-0 to approve the purchase of a new battery charger for the district’s Motorola 800 radios. Pawul reported that the multi-charging unit will cost approximately $1,000.
Also during the meeting, the commission was presented with the draft letter composed by Pawul expressing its support for a local push for improved water quality and water measures. The Fort Myers Beach fire commission had asked the island commissioners to join the list of supporters behind the effort.
Last month, the commission directed Pawul to draft a rewrite more appropriate for Captiva.
“I took the economic part out of it totally, as discussed, so it’s only the health part,” he said.
Also at the meeting, Pawul reported that the district and crew took part with the engine in the Friday Night Lights event held at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.
“It was a good turnout,” he said. “Whatever we can do for them.”
Sims encouraged the district to continue to participate.
“Carry on the tradition, chief,” she said. “I think that’s great.”
IN OTHER NEWS
– In November, the district responded to 27 calls and conducted 32 fire inspections.
– Pawul reported that the district took part in the Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade.