HAMILTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS IS ASSISTING WHITE SPRINGS RESIDENTS REGARDING FIRE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. WE HAVE NO FIRE DEPARTMENT AND ONLY KEVIN PITTMAN AND THE CREW COULD COMPLY WITH THIS CONTRACT.

I am so proud of Hamilton County Commissioners for recognizing that White Springs is incapable of Handling not only its Restrictive Fund Local Option Fuel Tax Monies in accordance with the prevailing Statute but realizing that our Town no longer has a Fire Department which responds since we lost Kevin Pittman as our Fire Chief and all the brotherhood of Fire Fighters.  Today, White Springs does not have a viable Fire Department but the Town eagerly would like more money in their coffers which could be used not only for the Fire Department but for expenditures of attorneys and paying people for work not done.  It has been obvious for some time that the Town of White Springs is not Capable of Handling itself and many of us in White Springs would be happy for the County to take our Town/Village over.
Our  hats are off to these Great Commissioners:  Also Thanks to Mr. Land, the Hamilton County Fire Coordinator.

Greg Godwin                     Beth Burnam

Josh Smith                          Randy Ogburn

Robert Brown                    William Mitchell

 

Former Firefighters, we have fought very hard against what the Town has done to our former firefighters and former Chief Kevin Pittman.  We know Chief Stith is not in conformance nor can Andrew Greene fight a fire nor will he under his medical conditions.  So understand, although we have not been able to do anything as of yet, with complaints still pending with the Commission on ethics, Mr. Land and our fine commissioners, who respected Kevin Pittman and all of you are fighting the fight for you.  It would behoove all of you to be at the Next Monthly Meeting to support the Commissioners on their fine implementation of a contract which can only be met by our former firefighters.  THE COUNCILORS WHO HAVE NEVER BROUGHT UP THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NO FIRE DEPARTMENT IN WHITE SPRINGS BECAUSE OF YOUR AND YOUR TOWN MANAGER’S POOR DECISIONS SHOULD BE ASHAMED.  AND THAT INCLUDES RHETT BULLARD, TONJA BROWN, SPENCER LOFTON AND WALTER MCKENZIE.  SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.  WE WANT OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND CHIEF BACK.

 

Although the Contract or Agreement was executed by the County during a meeting of the Board at Jasper Florida on the 18th of September 2018, it has not yet been duly executed by the Town of White Springs even though it was received September 24, 2018 by reason that they are hoping to change the Board of County Commissioners mind and receive a Hail Mary.   And frankly for the sake of this Town, No changes should be made.  And if Chief Stith and his sidekick Andrew Greene are unhappy about this then we should bring back our former firefighters who actually gave a damned about the people of White Springs.  Thank you again Commissioners.

 

FIRE PROTECTION AND RELATED EMERGENCY SERVICES AGREEMENT:

The County through its Board of County Commissioners, has approved a budget amount or annual appropriation not to exceed $7,500 per uarter or $30,000 per year to the Town for the period October 2018 to September 30, 2021, as stated above, subject to the terms and conditions listed below:

 

  A,  THE TOWN AGREES TO:

  1. ADMINISTER and USE ALL FUNDS provided to it by the County IN PROVIDING THE EMERGENCY SERVICES DESCRIBED HEREIN.
  2. EXPEND ALL FUNDS RECEIVED under this agreement SOLELY for the PURPOSES OF PROVIDING EMERGENCY SERVICES described herein.
  3. For a period of at least FIVE (5) YEARS from the execution hereof, TO RETAIN and MAKE AVAILABLE to the County, UPON REQUEST, ALL FINANCIAL RECORDS and SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS regarding the use and expenditures of funds received from County under this agreement.
  4. Subject to the terms of this agreement, the Town SHALL PROVIDE INITIAL SERVICES in the FIRE PROTECTION AREA and SHALL DISPATCH EQUIPMENT and FIREFIGHTERS AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE TO ANSWER CALLS for assistance, but not limited to fire suppression, rescue and emergency services.
  5. The Town SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE INITIAL RESPONSE TO CALLS FOR SERVICE WITHIN THE FIRE PROTECTION AREA OF THE COUNTY practicable and in accordance with the priorities for FIRST RESPONSE as determined by the Hamilton County Fire Coordinator.
  6. The payments made to the Town under this agreement SHALL BE ACCEPTED BY THE TOWN as FULL COMPENSATION FOR ALL SERVICES FURNISHED under this agreement.
  7. USE ADEQUATE FISCAL AUTHORITY, CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES, which will assure PROPER DISBURSEMENT of, and ACCOUNTING For, the funds received under this agreement, and otherwise MAINTAIN COMPLETE FINANCIAL RECORDS for all matters RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT AND RETAIN THOSE RECORDS FOR THE PERIOD AS PROVIDED HEREIN.
  8. The Hamilton County Communications staff shall notify the Town each time services are needed by the Fire Department. AT NO TIME SHOULD THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SELF-DISPATCH.
  9. One (1) CERTIFIED VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER from “TOWN” MUST RESPOND TO ALL CALLS OF SERVICE. A Certified Volunteer Firefighter is an individual who holds a current and valid Volunteer Firefighter Certificate of Completion issued by the Division of State Fire Marshal under s. 633.408, Florida Statutes.  When two (2) CERTIFIED FIREFIGHTERS ARE REQUIRED UNDER STATE LAW, “town” WILL REQUEST AN ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTER FROM ANOTHER DEPARTMENT.
  10. Anyone not certified as a Volunteer Firefighter must be a minimum SUPPORT PERSONNEL. Support Personnel are Volunteers that have received training to perform fire service activities safely outside the hot zone of an emergency scene, including pulling hoses, opening and closing fire hydrants, driving and operating apparatus, carrying tools, carrying or moving equipment, directing traffic, maintaining a resource pool or similar activities.  Hot Zone is the area immediately around an incident where the serious threat of harm exists, which includes the collapse zone for structure fire.  SUPPORT SERVICE personnel will not utilize bunker gear.  Impersonating a Volunteer Firefighter is a third-degree felony.
  11. For the services provided under the terms of this agreement, the County shall pay the Town a percentage based on the total amount of calls answered versus the total calls for service, provided the following is met    
    1. National Fire Incident Reporting Systems (NFIRS)
  • Reports must be turned in to the Hamilton County Fire Coordinator no later than the 15th of the following month of the quarter.
  • The NFIRS must be complete, including the Certified personnel who responded along with a complete narrative.
  1. All certifications and training must be kept current

  2. Sixty (60%) of firefighters must attend monthly county training.

  3. Conform with all Hamilton Standard Operating Guidelines

  • Non-conformance may result in no pay for the quarter. Should this occur the Town Manager and Fire Chief will receive a written explanation.

 

  • 4. The Fire Coordinator must have on file, the following:

  • Complete Hamilton County Volunteer Fire Application
  • Successful FDLE Chriminal background check
  • Copy of Driver’s License and complete driving history
  • Annual medical physical (DFS-K4-1022)
  • Annual fit test
  • Firefighter I State Certificate of Complaince
  • National Incident Management Systems (NIMS); ICS 100 and IS 700
  • Wildland Fire Training S130 and S190
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Current CPR/AED certification

 

  1. Local State of Emergency: When calls of service are requested for opening       And/or closing roads, each event is considered one call.            Must be     completed on NFIRS.
  1. Calls for service and then cancelled en-route must be recorded on NFIRS
  2. When the Town responds to calls in the Fire Protection Area in the County, they are
       responsible for notifying the appropriate agency if the situation requires such
      (i.e. Fire Marshall,    Division of Forestry, etc.)
  1. Perform all acts in connection with this agreement in strict conformity with
     all applicable State laws and County ordinances and regulations within the
      capabilities of the Town.

 

B   COUNTY AGREES TO:

 

  1. Provide funds quarterly, not to exceed $7500 and $30,000 annually for the period as stated above, in consideration of the Town’s performance of the terms and conditions of this agreement.
  2. Disbursement hereunder shall be made by County upon Town presenting to County a request for payment in the form of NFIRS reports and all have been supplied in Paragraph 1.1 above. The County agrees to pay the same up to the limit of the amount of the appropriation as above shown, not to exceed $7,500 per quarter.

 

  1. Quarterly payments shall be prorated to reflect the total amount of calls answered, versus the total calls for service provided (Example: 100 calls for service were requested for the Quarter; FD responds to 75 of the 100 calls, quarterly payment will be 75% of $7,500.00)  The calls for service and responded to will be generated by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Division of Communications.

  2. County shall discontinue the $150 per call monies as in previous agreements.

 

C.  COUNTY AND TOWN MUTUALLY AGREE

  1. This agreement may be cancelled by either party hereto, with or without reason, by giving thirty (30) days written notice to the other party.
  2. No amendment hereto shall be effective unless reduced in writing and signed by the parties hereto.
  3. Any dispute arising under this agreement shall be resolved in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida.
  4. This agreement shall bind the successors, assigns and legal representatives of the parties and of any legal entity that succeeds to the obligations of parties.
  5. The Town may not assign or transfer any right or interest in this agreement without prior written approval of the County.
  6. This agreement has been executed in duplicate, with each party hereto having a fully executed agreement for its respective files, records and purposes. The undersigned persons, or officers executing this agreement on behalf of the Town, represent, certify and warrant to County, that they have full, lawful and complete authority, authorization and power to sign this agreement on behalf of the Town and to duly and lawfully bind the Town as provided herein.

This agreement shall be effective October 1, 2018.

 

Karin for the blog

 

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