Augusta Council receives the Township’s Augusta Fire Rescue 2018 Annual Fire Report
Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka
At its regular meeting of Council held on April 8th, 2019, Council received the Township’s Augusta Fire Rescue 2018 Report for information. The Report which will be posted on the Township’s web site and residents interested in the many aspects of the Augusta Fire Department are invited to look at the Report. The first section of the Report deals with the Fire Department’s organizational structure, budget, buildings, staffing and fleet and equipment. For example, the report confirms that in 2018 we operated with a total of 35 fire fighters with 18 at Station #1 and 17 at Station # 2 in North Augusta. The Report also confirms that the department’s fleet and equipment in 2018 included: 3 pumper/tankers; 2 rescues; 2 tankers; two ¾ ton Trucks; 1 side by side; and 1 brush fire/rescue trailer. It is noted that all vehicles with pumps passed their bi-annual testing. Additionally, the Report confirms that the 2018 Operating budget was $420,930 and the Capital budget allocation was $75, 551. The next section reports on a wide variety of response statistics for the year 2018 with comparisons to past years which include: response types; property for Augusta Fire Rescue value fire damage; average fire fighter turnouts; time/date in the week for incidents; station responses and station response times for each station. Another of the many sections in the Report deals with Training. It confirms that the Departments training Division is staffed by the Deputy Chief and 2 training officers at each station; the average training for our part time volunteer firefighters was 31 hours; that the trainers have rolled out the Departments Post Traumatic Disorder Critical Incident Stress Management plan and rollout of Online Training covering 6 chapters. In-house and outside courses are listed. Finally, for those who have followed the development and implementation of the Augusta Master Fire Plan, the Chief identifies what has been achieved to date in regard to the Plan’s objectives. Council congratulated and thanked Chief Bowman for his thorough and complete report.
On another important matter, I want to invite Augusta and area residents to purchase tickets and attend the 2nd annual Friends of George Dance featuring Texas Tuxedo that takes place this Saturday, April 13 at the Prescott Legion from 8 pm to 1 am located at 141 Henry Street West in Prescott. The reference to George is reference to Augusta Township’s former Deputy Mayor George Elliot who distinguished himself during his term as a champion organizer of benefit dances in support of deserving people and causes. In this case, all proceeds from the dance will go to the North Augusta Recreation in support of their valuable community work and the 50/50 proceeds will go to Kings Kitchen. Tickets at $15 per person can be purchased from Augusta Township Councillor, Tanya Henry, (George’s daughter) at 613-925-0865 and there will be a silent Auction as well. I encourage everyone to get out and support this worthy cause.