News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Fire Services Task Force begins work on plans for local fire department services.

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News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Fire Services Task Force begins work on plans for local fire department services.

A Fire Services Task Force was held on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 inside the conference room at the Needles Administration Building in Downtown Needles, California to develop a plan for establishment of a local fire department to serve the community of Needles, California.

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Discussions including what are all the elements that go into operating a fire department including hiring personnel, what training is needed for personnel, insurance, fire rating, if there would be a residency requirement or not, emergency medical services and job descriptions as well as what the City of Needles owns in equipment, what it will cost to put together a fire department, how other communities are doing their fire department under a “Paid Call” and “Volunteer Fire Department”, what the effects of having a kind of fire department; like “Paid Call” or “Volunteer Fire Department”, on the community services and resident’s fire insurances, and the timeline to get a plan layout and ready.

Members are looking at the possibly of having the City of Needles operate its own fire department, but agreed that first they need to know how big a pool of possible firefighters exist in the community.

Members talked about what could be done to find out that information included in an interest letter to be sent out to various groups and individuals, and suggested were how to get the letter out to interested parties who would want to be a firefighter, including sending the letter inside utility bills and posting the information to various media outlets .

Another discussion was to work on getting young people graduating from Needles High School to join the fire department so that they can stay in the community and serve their community.

Ideas of that were to get Palo Verde Community College in Downtown Needles, California involved and have classes or set up some kind of an explore program for what Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said are well paying jobs.

The Needles City Council wants the Fire Services Task Force to look into what it would take for the City of Needles to have its own fire department.

The goal of the Fire Services Task Force is to have a plan layout for members of the Needles City Council to review at the Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015.

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Members on the Fire Services Task Force included Robert Yee, Donnie Zamora, Linda Kidd, Steve Moffitt, and Michael Wright, and in attended were Terry Gardner and Gary Chamberain from Havasu Landing, California and Barry Menges as well as members of the press.

** You can read the full packet that members of the Fire Services Task Force have at the following City of Needles website address: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Fire%20Task%20Force%202015/fire-task-force-2015.html

** ZachNews has posted the videos from the Fire Services Task Force Meeting at ZachNews on YouTube. **

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Downtown Needles, CA: 9-3-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 9-3-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting. Part 2.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 9-3-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting. Part 3.

The next Fire Services Task Force Meeting is planned at 3:00pm PT on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 inside the conference room at the Needles Administration Building located at 817 Third Street near F Street in Downtown Needles, California.

For more information regarding the Fire Services Task Force Meetings, please contact either Cheryl Sallis or Dale Jones at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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