Fire Chief Pittman advised that in August there were only four calls, with one accident Motor Vehicle fatality and one structure fire. This month we know our White Springs Fire Rescue has made multiple calls.
Chief Pittman mention that columbia County will be attending Firefighting Training at the first of next year through the Florida Firefighter college of Florida. Columbia County is attending the Firefighting training and have invited WSFR to attend. Once this training is completed, the firefighters will be given a State Certificate. The cost is $800 for the three month course and Chief Pittman has three candidates who have shown the tenacity to be excellent firefighters. This is with Columbia County Station 41 and is very advantageous to the Town of White Springs to have more certified Firefighters.
Chief Pittman has three candidates he wishes to attend: A Stormant, Stephanie Lane and Ray Mosal. At the recent fire Ray Mosel fought it with a water hose until the Department came AND REMOVED A PERSON FROM A BURNING VEHICLE.. He is not afraid of fires. This will cost the Town $2,400 in total and it is well worth it.
Apparently there were errors in the reporting on our new Town Budget. Chief Pittman indicated that in total the WSFD received $30,000 from Nutrien, and $10,000 from a grant from Ernsteins through Scott Gay for gear. In this latter situation if we turn in what we paid we should get 50% reimbursement on the apparatus gear. So $10,000 from Nutrien was not reflected. The WSFR also received $2,000 for selling the old fire truck and at the Swap Meet the firefighters raised $761.
Since Chief Pittman must notify Columbia County by Mid November, he asked that the council let him know if the Town will approve three of his people attending Fire School at the cost of $800 each. It is a great opportunity for White Springs. Councilwoman Nicole Williams made the motion to allow the funding for three to attend and Anita Rivers seconded it.
Chief Pittman also mentioned that something has to be done at the North Intersection at Stephen Foster park. there have been two fatal accidents, one Saturday night. It was mentioned that the Flashing light is at low beam. Because it is a great drag strip for teenagers and drivers have a straight away for speeding, we have to put up rumble strips or something. Kevin Register was killed as well as a Lady driving a Moped by a speeder who rear ended her. People are afraid to exit their property and many mail boxes have been hit. If anyone drives over 45 miles an hour when the road curves, they can be out of control. Helen Miller mentioned it should be reported to the county and Chief Pittman will provide the Town with the reports and background so something can be done.
The Checks per the Hamilton County contract with WSFR will be processed starting October 14th and finally sent to the Town.
Councilman Tom Moore gave Kevin Pittman a sheet of paper to write the expense of firefighter reimbursements, I believe, which were given to Shonda Werts to handle. We do not know who is processing or making checks and who will sign them since Mayor Miller has given her resignation.
Karin for the blog
WE JUST LOVE OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND SUPPORT. WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE A CHIEF LIKE KEVIN PITTMAN AND A GREAT LIEUTENANT LIKE TOM BRAZIL. WHAT WOULD WE HAVE DONE WITHOUT THESE FINE PEOPLE WHO LOOK OUT FOR OUR SAFETY