With the days getting shorter as winter began on Dec. 21, so are the Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue Department having shorter meetings. Such is the case this past Dec. Dec. 16 when commissioners met at the fire station on Sunshine Boulevard and 16th Street. The agenda was light and the meeting lasted only close to an hour.
The main part of the meeting was the naming of the new executive board for 2014. The executive board is made up of three members of the fire district's board of commissioners.
Reelected as the new executive board members were Larry Becker as chairman with Cathy Kruse as vice chairman and David Adams as secretary. The other two members of the board of commissioners are Linda Carter and Jackie Danis.
Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District board of commissioners reappointed the 2013 executive board. They are shown here from left to right, Cathy Kruze, vice chairman; Larry Becker, chairman; and David Adams as secretary.
At a previous meeting, promotions and swearing in ceremonies were held for the following employees.
- John R. Wayne, fire chief
- Rodolfo Naranjo, battalion chief
- Jeremy VanderMeulen, lieutenant
- Frode Jurnhart, engineer
The following new employees were also sworn in as firefighters and EMTs: Curtis Dean, Thomas Diaz, Brian Flores, Zachary Gilmore, Joshua Grida, Geral Javier, Tanner Mack, Lindsay Rodriguez, Jorge Perez, as FF/Pm, and Larry Tibbs, finance manager.
In November, a total of 848 incidents were reported as compared to 873 incident responses from October 2013. This is a decrease in responses over the previous month of around -2.9 percent, according to a summary report.
Also in November of 2013, some 848 dispatched responses decreased approximately -1.6 percent for the same reporting period of 2012 which was 862.
There were two structure fires for November of 2013. The estimated value to these structures prior to the fire was $222,500. Approximated loss to these structures is estimated at $122,000 with an estimated save value of $100,500.
Also in November, the fire district responded to 16 reports of brush and grass fires while in November of 2012, there were only 11 responses, the amount of brush fires continues to pick up as the district is moving into its dry season.
As for patient contacts, there were 608 EMS contacts for November of 2013. There was a -5 percent decrease from October (640). The district had a 9.9 percent increase in contacts from November of 2012 (553).
As for transports by ambulance, there were 488 transports for November of 2013. This was a -2.6 percent decrease from the prior month of 501. The district had a 7.9 percent increase in transports from November of 2-12 (452).
The next meeting of the Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District will be on January 28 at 5 p.m. at the fire station on Sunshine Blvd. and 16th St. Chairman Becker said there will be a discussion about possible assessment fees to help finance the fire district. The public is urged to attend this important meeting.