El Dorado FD gives update on department, to donate truck Published March 30, 2016
By Julie Clements
Butler County Times Gazette – March 30, 2016
The El Dorado Fire Department saw a busy year last year.
Fire Chief Steve Moody gave an overview of their year to the El Dorado City Commission during a recent meeting.
He began by describing the department as a small group of dedicated officials, including volunteers, paid members and student interns.
“This past year, like ones before, was a busy one for the fire department,” Moody said. “Response times have gone up slightly, mostly due to how we record on-scene arrivals.”
He explained instead of registering the arrival time as the first crew, they started recording it when the second crew arrives because that is when they can make entry.
Last year, Station 1 responded to 657 calls, while Station 2 responded to 467 calls. Adding in the townships, they had a total of 1,298 responses.
Of their responses, 153 were fires and 749 were medical.
They also complete inspections each year.
Moody said the goal of their inspections is to reduce the number of fires.
“We try to inspect all the commercial properties on an annual basis,” he said.
They also flow test all of the city’s fire hydrants, inspecting them twice last year.
Maintenance is another big aspect of the department.
“More than 244 hours of maintenance was completed by members in-house providing the department a savings of over $30,000,” he said.
They also continued contracts with El Dorado Township, County Hazmat and Prospect Township, generating $608,005 for the department.
The department had two major purchases this past year.
One was a 100-foot arial ladder truck. There will be an open house and christening of the new truck at 6 p.m. April 18.
The second big purchase was the training tower being located at Station 2.
“We no longer need to train exclusively on demolition homes,” Moody said. “It will allow us to train on multiple facets.”
The department is partnering with Butler Community College on the project.
Public education also is important to them, with them being involved with Project 20-20, Junior Firefighter Program, fire extinguisher training and safety talks. They also completed 2,083 hours of training last year.
Some events included the MDA boot drive, Elks Flag Day, OK Kids Day, Fall Festival, Trick or Treat with Main Street, CCL Big Boy Toys, YMCA Kids Camp, 4-H Fair, Lantern Fest and parades.
In addition to the presentation, Moody also addressed the commission later in the meeting regarding donating a fire engine they no longer use.
He requested they deed over Fire Engine No. 8 to the Butler Community College Fire Science Program. He said the program used to have a truck, but now it is not working. Also, the value of selling the truck outright would be minimal. Another benefit would be it would just be next door and still available in the department ever needed it. The commission approved this 4-0. Commissioner Chase Locke was absent.