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Fire commissioners hear of new employees, more

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 17, 2020

TIFFANY REPECKI The Captiva Island Fire Control District's commissioners approved the purchase of new mobile and portable radios for the district so it is in compliance with Lee County's radio network upgrade.

The Captiva Island Fire Control District’s commission recently learned about two new staff hires and a boat fire, as well as discussed the process for filling the seat of former Commissioner C.W. Kilgore.

At the Nov. 10 meeting, Fire Chief Jeff Pawul reported that firefighter-paramedic Rob Falbo started with the district on Oct. 26, followed by firefighter-EMT John “Jack” Cavic joining it on Nov. 2.

He noted that the district had hired two candidates as planned, but one of them contacted the district days before starting his first day and said he had accepted a position at the Lehigh Acres agency.

“So we moved on to our next guy on the list,” Pawul said.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul DeArmond told the commission that Falbo and Cavic, who are both recent graduates of the fire academy, have gone through orientation and training on the Captiva ways.

“They’re ready to go,” he said. “They’re going to come on shift.”

Also during the meeting, DeArmond reported on a water vehicle fire incident that the island crew responded to on Oct. 23 in the 15000 block of Captiva Drive. A man had his vessel on a lift and had installed a new battery when he smelled something. The inside burned up, plus wiring on the boat.

“He hit it was a dry chemical,” DeArmond said. “We hit it with a dry chemical also.”

“There was no damage to the boat, per say,” he added.

Also at the meeting, Commissioner Sherrill Sims and Commissioner Jeffrey Brown discussed the process for filling the vacancy left by Kilgore, who submitted his resignation in October.

“I can tell you I’ve gotten letters of interest,” Pawul told the commissioners.

Simms and Brown shared that they also have talked to people interested in the seat.

“You can talk to all of those people, you can talk to none. You can appoint whoever you want,” Pawul said. “I would recommend talking to everybody– and waiting and filling it at the next meeting.”

After some discussion, Sims and Brown decided they would take the next month to speak to and evaluate the so-far four interested candidates, then appoint one at their meeting in December.

Those interested in the appointment have until Nov. 30 to contact Pawul.

He can be reached at jpawul@captivafire.com or 239-472-9494.

IN OTHER NEWS

– Pawul reported that the district’s application for its advanced life support (ALS) non-transport services is scheduled to go before the Lee County Board of County Commissioners today, Nov. 17, for approval. He noted that the Sanibel district’s application recently went through with no problem.

“So I don’t foresee there being any issues with ours,” he said.

– The district responded to 35 incident calls last month.

“Which, for October, is fairly busy,” Pawul said.