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12/28/2012 5:44:00 PM
CYFD board OKs new station staffing plan, policy changes
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CYFD Board Chairman John Range swears in board members Steve Rutherford, foreground, Bob Page and Debbie Horton Dec. 17 at the Central Yavapai Regional Training Center.
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CYFD Board Chairman John Range swears in board members Steve Rutherford, foreground, Bob Page and Debbie Horton Dec. 17 at the Central Yavapai Regional Training Center.
Lisa Irish
Special to the Tribune

A new fire station at Robert Road and Judy Circle has enhanced service in Prescott Valley - but at a cost.

Issues including increased overtime and fewer firefighters available to cover shifts for co-workers on leave led the Central Yavapai Fire District board Monday to examine how to staff the station for the rest of the fiscal year.

The board discussed options ranging from closing Station 58 to staffing it fulltime.

"I don't think unstaffing Station 58 is an option," new board member Steve Rutherford said.

Using more full-time firefighters at the station would help CYFD meet accreditation goals, continue to provide the necessary level of service, and maintain the decreased response times seen since the new station opened, new board member Debbie Horton noted.

"I can't unstaff a station; that's not fair to the neighborhood," said John Range, board chairman. "On the other hand, I'm not in favor of staffing Station 58 full-time yet."

Board members unanimously approved using more full-time firefighters and less overtime to keep the station open 10 hours a day, seven days a week, and possibly expand hours over time.

The new plan will use $100,000 of the $286,442 in personnel services operation contingency funds already allocated for staffing the station, $10,000 more than the current method does, CYFD Operations Chief Scott Bliss said.

The board also swore in new members Horton, Rutherford and returning board member Bob Page, then re-elected John Range chairman and Bob Gardiner secretary.

In other business, the board:

• Proposed holding meetings at">Prescott Valley Town Council chambers where they could be videotaped so members of the public could watch the meetings on a public-access television channel.

• Approved removing policies about a board of inquiry, after Bliss said the step employees could use in an appeal process hadn't been used in the past 10 years;

• Tabled decisions on a memorandum of understanding dealing with the Glassford Hill Tower Site, and an agreement for paramedic supervision until more information could be presented at its next meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22;

• Considered the budget development schedule for fiscal year 2013-14. The next meeting is on Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

• Named Gardiner to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Pension Board and as Volunteer Relief and Pension Board chairperson.

• Buying a Gator-type utility vehicle not to exceed $5,000 to be used at Central Yavapai Regional Training Center with money previously budgeted for exercise equipment that is no longer needed.

• Considered a contract for cooperative purchasing with the Houston-Galveston Area Council that provides competitive pricing on fire equipment.

• Considered changes in board approval for procurement, administrative leave, industrial leave, special duty assignment pay, and job description for a finance specialist.

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