During their meeting on Tuesday evening, the Board of Commissioners of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District approved an audit of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015 from Tuscan & Company and gave newly hired Chief Matthew Love an additional six months to obtain a Florida Certificate of Compliance. The certificate requires passing multiple exams and state processing of those exams. His original contract called his obtaining the Certificate within 6 months. Love explained that a year would allow time for the testing, state processing and his focus on district needs.
Auditor Jeff Tuscan explained some new requirements related to pension accounting standards (GASB 68) but summarized that the district’s audit was “clean.” He complimented district staff on their work and cooperation in the audit.
Chief Love’s report to the board included recognition of District members who were affected by the recent passing of Firefighter John May III. He thanked District members and surrounding districts for their help during the services and assured the board that the district was continuing to assist May’s family.
Love mentioned that the district would assess applicants for firefighter/paramedic positions this week. The district received 92 applications for 6 immediate openings, Love said, and the district plans to create a hiring list from the applications to be used over the next year as openings occur.
The Fire Chief has been meeting with neighboring district fire chiefs and hopes to discuss upcoming capital purchases in hopes of saving some money on purchases.
Love participated in the Lee County Hurricane Meeting at the Emergency Operations Center recently, preparing for hurricane season and noted that he has met with the Town as they develop their emergency policies.
Several district employees were honored for their years of service to the district: Firefighter Paramedic Tom Deslaurier-12 years; Finance Director Jane Thompson-10 years; Information Technology Manager Joe LaCroix-9 years; Firefighter Paramedic Darwin Adames-2 years; Firefighter Paramedic Oscar Gonzales-2 years and Firefighter Robert Ponte-2 years.
The Fire Board will meet next on July 5th at 10am at Station 31, 3043 Estero Blvd.