It was a light board meeting of the El Dorado County Fire Protection District on Dec. 19 with the most important item — namely ongoing negotiations with Union Local 3556 regarding employee salaries, salary schedules, and fringe benefits — relegated to closed session.
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The results of those negotiations are expected to be announced in January.
In other matters, Director Dennis Thomas was elected chairman of the board. Director Mark Brunton was elected vice chairman.
Chief Mike Hardy announced that two division chiefs were retiring. Replacing them will be Paul Lohan and Paul McVay, who were both promoted from captain to division chief. Also promoted was Brandon McKay from firefighter/paramedic to captain-deputy fire marshal.
The 2013 update to the Fire Code was adopted by the board on a 4-0 vote with Director Mark Johnson absent. The code now goes to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for approval.
Hardy reported the district has applied for two Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. One to purchase a type 1 tactical water tender and another for fire training software and computer workstations. FEMA would pick up 90 percent of the cost of both grants. Hardy said they will know by February if the grants are approved.
Hardy also reported the district got a permit from the U.S. Forest Service to cut 50 trees and that those plus another 10 donated trees enabled them to give out 60 trees to needy families. The chief said it was something they plan to do on a yearly basis.
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