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Sanibel district takes possession of new fire truck

By Staff | Jan 14, 2020

TIFFANY REPECKI Sanibel Fire and Rescue District Fire Chief Matt Scott, left, recognizes Capt. Tom Tracy as the 2019 Employee of the Year during the fire commission's monthly meeting on Jan. 8.

The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District’s commission received an update on the new fire truck at its recent meeting, as well as took a moment to recognize the district’s top employee for 2019.

At the Jan. 8 meeting, Fire Chief Matt Scott reported that the district received its new Sutphen S3 model pump truck on Dec. 23. To be used by and housed at fire Station 172, it is designed to be a twin companion to the Sutphen SL75 Aerial Ladder truck the district acquired in 2018 for Station 171.

“The new truck is in,” he said, adding that minor things like loading the equipment needs to be done.

Like the ladder truck, crew members formed a group to design the pump truck to fit their needs.

The new truck cost $460,000, with the funds allocated in the district’s 2018-2019 budget.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District recently acquired its new Sutphen S3 model pump truck for Station 172. A housing ceremony for the new apparatus could take place in February.

Scott told the commissioners that he expected to put the new truck into service this week.

As with all new apparatus, a housing ceremony for the vehicle will be held at a later date.

“I believe it will be sometime in early February,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Scott announced that Capt. Tom Tracy is the Employee of the Year. With 21 years of service in, he started out as a firefighter-paramedic and moved up to the rank of captain in 2007.

“Tom is a leader in the district and a mentor to his crew, as well as the other members of the district,” he said. “Tom continues to be a top-notch paramedic and excels in his position of fire officer.”

“Tom was nominated for the 2019 Firefighter-Employee of the Year by members with phrases such as ‘positive developer’ and ‘molder of firefighters,'” Scott added. “I am proud to have Tom as one of our firefighters here at the Sanibel Fire Rescue District.”

The recipient of several Phoenix Awards, Tracy voiced appreciation for the recognition.

“It’s nice to know that my peers voted for me,” he said. “I’m glad to get it.”

Tracy pointed to his years at the district as why he might have been picked.

“Probably because of my career and the things I’ve done,” he said.

Also during the meeting, Training Officer Capt. Tim Barrett reported that crews have continued to participate in ongoing medical training, along with emergency vehicle operations for their fire training. In addition, three crew members will take part in a boat operator course with the U.S. Coast Guard.

“It’s a national certification class,” he said, adding that it is a week-long program.

Barrett noted that other area agencies about 25 in total are also taking part in the course.

“Most of the county is trying to get on board with this,” he said.

Also at the meeting, Fire Marshal Rick Tassoni reported that there were about 100 annual inspections completed in 2019. Of those, there were 19 violations, which had to be resolved before clearance.

“When I go back, they’re done,” he said. “We didn’t have any issues with non-compliance.”

“They take care of what we tell them to take care of,” Tassoni added.


– The following personnel were recognized for their years of service: Tracy for 21 years; Assistant Fire Chief William Briscoe for 19 years; Firefighter Rob Doerr for 19 years; Lt. John DiMaria for 11 years; Firefighter Cliff Steele for seven years; and Firefighter Carl Johanson for seven years.

– The district responded to just over 1,600 calls for service in 2019. Included in the year-end incident reports were 26 calls for a fire, 832 rescue-EMS calls and 50 hazardous conditions-no fire calls.