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Commission approves new district radios

By Staff | Jun 16, 2020

TIFFANY REPECKI Sanibel Fire and Rescue District Commissioners Bruce Cochrane and Richard McCurry approved the purchase of two APX4500 7/800 base radios for fire Stations 171 and 172 and seven APX6500 enhanced 7/800 MHZ radios for the district’s apparatus at their June 10 meeting.

The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District’s commission approved new radios for both stations and the district’s apparatus during its recent meeting, as well as heard updates on training and more.

On June 10, Commissioners Bruce Cochrane and Richard McCurry voted 2-0 on a resolution to purchase two APX4500 7/800 base radios for Stations 171 and 172 and seven APX6500 enhanced 7/800 MHZ radios for the apparatus, along with the necessary equipment, software and hardware to install the new devices, for about $29,816. Commissioner Jerry Muench had an excused absence.

Also at the meeting, Division Chief of Training Tim Barrett reported to the commission that medical training is ongoing for the crews and that they are set for pre-trauma life-support training this week, focusing on the first 10 minutes of arriving on scene. Pump operator evaluations are also taking place.

“They should be doing well by now. They should be doing it at a high level,” he said.

“This is important stuff,” Barrett added.

The crews are also focusing on wildfire training, in particular, instances when a residence is surrounded by close vegetation and trees. They are reviewing the district’s hurricane plan and protocols, which includes forming into teams to conduct searches throughout the city post-storm.

“To make sure nobody’s trapped or hurt,” he said.

Barrett reported that the district is coordinating with the Sanibel Police Department to set up some collaborative training for mass shooting incidents. Public education classes are also resuming.

“So that stuff’s going to start coming in,” he said of setting up CPR classes and such again.

Deputy Fire Chief William Briscoe told the commissioners that the district’s ladder and ground ladders are undergoing testing, and that the fire boat is back in service following recent maintenance. Work continues on the building of the district’s new boat, which is expected to be in service by Oct. 1.

“It’s going to be later than we expected, but only by about a month,” he said.

Fire Chief Matt Scott reported that the meeting was outgoing Division Chief of Prevention Rick Tassoni’s last one before he goes on permanent leave until October. Larry Williams is replacing him.

“We wish him well,” Scott said.

“It was fun,” Tassoni replied. “It was a fun ride.”

Stepping into Tassoni’s shoes, Williams provided the commission with the monthly fire prevention report, updating it on the progress of several projects, including the Bait Box, Sanibel Custard Shack, Savoury Spoon, Jerry’s Foods and F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, plus two of the churches on Sanibel.


– The following personnel were recognized for their years of service: Capt. Kevin Barbot for 10 years; Firefighter Alma McClure for four years; and Assistant Administrator Samantha Quinn for one year.

– The district responded to 91 calls in May, compared to 132 calls last year during the same month. There have been 690 total calls this year, compared to 840 calls for the same timeframe in 2019.

“So we’re down 150 than what we were the previous year,” Briscoe said.