News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Summary from last Fire Services Task Force Meeting.

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News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Summary from last Fire Services Task Force Meeting.

The last Fire Services Task Force Meeting was held on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 inside the conference room at the Needles Administration Building in Downtown Needles, California.

This was suppose to be the last Fire Services Task Force Meeting on what local fire department services would be best for the City of Needles.

Members on the Fire Services Task Force, included Donnie Zamora, Linda Kidd, and Michael Wright, all discussed all of the information from the last 2 meetings and worked to find a commend ground to which would be best suited to provide fire services and protection for the City of Needles.

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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Fire Services Task Force that Robert Yee was unable to make the meeting and that Steve Moffit had resigned from the committee out of concerns for a perception of conflict with his duties as Field Representative for San Bernardino County District 1 Supervisor Robert Lovingood.

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** Summary from the Fire Services Task Force Meeting: **

**** More information is still being added. ****

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels discussed his work with the newspaper announcing application being available for qualified individuals interested in serving as a paid call firefighter for the City of Needles, that was placed on the Needles Desert Star website on Monday, October 5th, 2015.

This application was done without knowledge of the group with one member of the Fire Services Task Force surprised to see it in the newspaper before informing the group or approving it during last Fire Services Task Force meetings.

A questioner flyer asking people if they would be interested was discussed during the Fire Services Task Force held inside the El Garces Train Depot on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 and was being planned to be placed inside City of Needles utility bills.

After the Fire Services Task Force Meeting on Thursday, October 8th, 2015, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews that the group or the City of Needles hasn’t yet made their decision on what fire services and protection will serve Needles, California, that including paid call.

When questioned about the application, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews that the application was more of something to test the waters out in case the City of Needles goes with a paid call service.

When questioned about the press release, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that his office sent the press release out to all the news outlets from Bullhead City, Arizona to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, including the KTOX 1340AM, Today’s News-Herald, and ZachNews, but ZachNews never got any press release and contacts to those mention news outlets found nothing of any press release from the City of Needles.

– Concerns over the City of Needles’ I.S.O. fire rating was raised again worried that it’s been years and years since the last I.S.O. fire rating review on the City of Needles and only matter of time until a new I.S.O. fire rating review would show different from the last I.S.O. fire rating and could change the rating to a higher I.S.O. fire rating which would be bad to the City of Needles and raise cost on homeowner’s insurance.

– A business owner in Downtown Needles, California raised his concerns of how the I.S.O. fire rating, if it ever goes up, could affect local businesses trying to stay live.

– Members of the Fire Services Task Force reviewed much of the information from the pass Fire Services Task Force Meetings.

– Members of the Fire Services Task Force reviewed the agenda and the information provided to questions on various topics answered from emails to the City of Needles.

** Agenda including Questions: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_100815mtg3.pdf

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– Members of the Fire Services Task Force then discussed and reviewed the huge stack of various topics with information for members of the Fire Services Task Force during the last 2 Fire Services Task Force Meetings held on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 and on Thursday, October 17th, 2015.

** Please Note: A Fire Services Task Force Meeting was held on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, not on September 9th, 2015 as stated on the City of Needles website. **

**** Information Topics from Thursday, September 3rd, 2015: **

– Agenda:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fire%20services%20task%20force%20agenda-090315.pdf

– Fire Services Work Scope:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fire%20services%20committee%20workscope.pdf

– Needles Fire Service Options Report:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/Needles%20fire%20service%20options%20report.pdf

– San Bernardino County Fire Department Plans:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/SB%20Co%20fire%20dept%20plans.pdf

– Chronology:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/chronology.pdf

– Authority:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/authority.pdf

– Equipment:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/equipment.pdf

– Fire Chief:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fire%20chief.pdf

– Firefighters:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/firefighters.pdf

– Fire Marshall:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fire%20marshall.pdf

– Funding Requirements:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/funding%20requirements.pdf

– Impact on Homeowners:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/Impact%20on%20Homeowners.pdf

– Disaster Preparedness:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/disaster%20preparedness.pdf

– Emergency Medical Services:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/EMS.pdf

**** Information Topics from Thursday, September 17th, 2015: **

– Agenda:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_091715-agenda.pdf

– San Bernardino County Fire Department Plans:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_091715-sbcofiredeptplans.pdf

– Equipment:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_091715-equipment.pdf

– Firefighters:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_091715-firefighters.pdf

– Dispatch:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_091715-dispatch.pdf

– Funding Requirements:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_091715-fundingrequirements.pdf

– Miscellaneous:

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/ALL_OTHER_POSTINGS/9_SEPTEMBER/fire%20services%20task%20force%202015/fstf_091715-miscellaneous.pdf

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– Members on the Fire Services Task Force then went around the room to discuss what they feel would be right to serve the City of Needles.

Some of the members of the Fire Services Task Force discuss the cost needed for a fire department, what it will cost if go into the Fire District, and what of the choices to pick from may be too expensive on the City of Needles.

Members on the Fire Services Task Force were asked to write the consensus report to be submitted to the Needles City Council for its decision on the subject.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews that he couldn’t confirm the decision ruled out by members of the Fire Services Task Force and that the final decision by members of the Fire Services Task Force will be in front of members of the Needles City Council on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015.

** The finalized information and the final result of the Fire Services Task Force will be presented to members of the Needles City Council at the Needles City Council Meeting of Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 which the public will be able to comment and a possibly decision will be made on who will provide fire services and protection for the City of Needles in Needles, California. **

** You can watch the Fire Services Task Force Meeting from Thursday, October 8th, 2015 is at the following ZachNews on YouTube website addresses: **

– Downtown Needles, CA: 10-8-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting:

– Downtown Needles, CA: 10-8-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting: Part 2:

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

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