New ambulances discussed at Pahranagat Valley fire meeting

The Pahranagat Valley Fire District met as a board on March 20. They reviewed a couple different ambulances to possibly buy and are continuing to look for a used one.

The Stryker training went well to get to know the new gurney and stair chair being used. They also decided they wanted to switch out the battery on the gurney every week.

The Pahranagat Valley Emergency Response Committee (PVERC) also convened a meeting. A representative from every government entity and municipality was present and supportive. They look forward to meeting again and the suggestion of meeting often enough to keep the information and program present in everyone’s minds was recommended. Roberta Park will continue to work with all organizations separately as well to go over the plans the committee has so the information is out there. Further information for the community to learn about will be available in the future once things are nailed down for certain.

Since the Hiko ambulance barn will be open and running, the desire to add supplies up there, like water and other necessities, is being addressed.

Lonny Walch, the board chairman, gave the fire chief report. The fire pump was changed out on the old squad truck. There was an error found on the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) grant. The turnouts were quoted for two different prices so that was fixed and resubmitted. For the United We Stand (UWS) grant, it was for air bottles for all departments. More evolutions are planned in Panaca for the Firefighter I and Firefighter II classes, which are basically simulated fire scenarios.

For the district management report, a grant check for $31,000 was received that covered the new Stryker gurney and stair chair. They have also applied for a Lowes grant to receive an Automated External Defibrillator (A.E.D.). They have also applied for a Pool Pact grant for another Stryker gurney.

The next Fire District Meeting is to be determined after lining up everyone’s schedules.

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