Race Prep Complete, Fire Board Meets

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The Board of Commissioner of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department met Wednesday morning for a work session meeting. During the session, the board reviewed several Fire Commissioner Policies, approving them 4-0. Commissioner Bob Raymond was absent due to health concerns.

Fire Chief Matt Love proposed a schedule for 2020 meetings. After taking suggestions from board members, he said he would check availability of meeting space for any changes proposed and bring back a final list at their next meeting for approval.

Love then reviewed the 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan, created in 2018, reporting on the progress of dozens of action steps underway based on the goals set out in the plan. “We are on track,” Love said.

Finance and Administrative Services Director Jane Thompson spent several minutes explaining the board’s Fund Balance Policy.

During the Union Report, a union rep told the board that they are working with the Beach Kids Foundation and shared dates for the Spirit of the Holidays events: November 30 Toy Drive at Bayside Grill; December 6 Dinner & Auction; Dec 7 Pancake Breakfast; December 18 Gift Wrapping and December 21 Delivery of Gifts with Santa on the fire truck.

Executive Assistant Fire Chief of Operations Scott Wirth provided an overview of the department’s operations in regard to the Roar Offshore event October 10 – 12. He detailed extensive cooperation with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He also reported that OPA, a sponsoring organization, provides a minimum of 12 divers of their own, deployed in helicopters to be dropped into the Gulf in the event of an accident. “Operationally, a lot of resources and preplanning are involved. All agencies are working with OPA to make sure that we’re all on the same page,” he concluded.

Ron Martin, Executive Assistant Fire Chief for Life Safety and Support Operations explained that the department began working with race officials in January. “Starting today (Wednesday) through Sunday, inspectors will be active, monitoring each phase from set-up at the race village to monitoring occupancies to avoid overcrowding,” Martin said. He concluded by urging the use of public transportation to decrease traffic issues.

The next Fire Board meeting will be held on October 23 at 6pm at Town Hall.