R. Collins, Pace, FL
Mr. Collins commended this committee in that the statistics for both fire and medical
services are getting better and better. He reiterated the idea, again, that we need to
educate the public! He stated that we need to make Public Safety Announcements!
We need to tell the citizens where their tax (increase) dollars are going; we need to tell
them how much all of the equipment costs!
B. Baker responded that a PSA was published regarding the Berrydale VFD when there
pumper arrived and a schedule has been developed to cover other agencies; the next
article will be a year end summary for Lifeguard’s completion of their first year. We will
be publishing a PSA about Fire Prevention too.
R. Collins stated that the public always heard the bad news; we should tell everyone
about the good news too!
B. Baker will confirm the dates and send a copy to R. Collins for each of the
announcements that have been sent out.
R. Collins asked if there has been any word about acquiring property to expand the
Allentown/Chumuckla fire station. B. Baker stated that Allentown is preparing a request
to take to the Fire/Rescue Executive Group regarding the station. It was not included in
the five year strategic plan and consequently the issue will have to be re-evaluated.
There is an issue regarding the Harold fire station also that will be handled the same
R. Collins suggested that someone approach Sandy Wyatt, who is a community minded
citizen, and he might consider donating an acre of land in order to expand the facility.
Discussion ensued regarding the fact that there may be a stipulation in effect that the
property goes back to Champion Paper if it is not used for a fire station. B. Baker
invited R. Collins to the board meeting scheduled for Thursday evening to discuss this
J. Kimbrell stated that the Public Safety Announcements for Lifeguard issues have been
Meeting recessed to reconvene at the Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations
Center for a short tour.