Archive for Thursday, December 10, 2009

Eudora Fire Department issues improve

December 10, 2009

The recruitment of nine new members has resolved a daytime staffing concern for the Eudora Fire Department.

A study session was called in September so Eudora City Council could try to figure out a way to staff fire and medical calls during the daytime after as many as 16 members of the Eudora Fire Department left for various reasons during the last 12 months.

The department consists of volunteers with the exception of Fire Chief Randy Ates.

“For a while, we were very concerned because, like most volunteer fire departments, finding volunteers during the weekday is next to impossible.” Ates said. “We’re very fortunate that all of these people stepped up.”

While Ates was relieved that a majority of the volunteers will work during the day, he also was pleased that many of them already were emergency medical technicians or had firefighting experience.

One of the other issues that was raised during the September meeting was the relationship, or lack thereof, between the Eudora Fire Department and the Eudora Township Fire Department. Though the two departments have a mutual aid agreement, there appeared to be a communication breakdown.

While the issue was not the subject of the meeting, Ates said it the meeting served as a wake-up call.

“Chief Baxter and I have discussed it and want people to realize we are working together,” Ates said.

Eudora Township Fire Chief Mike Baxter was unavailable for comment.

The two departments now are training together, with the most recent training session focusing on a plan for any fire that should breakout at Pincrest III Apartments.

There are at least two more joint-training sessions scheduled.

Though daytime staffing has improved, Ates said the department always is looking for volunteers and reviews applications on a quarterly basis.

For more information on volunteering, go to www.ecems.iwarp.com, or call (785) 542-3653.

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