Fire District board approves purchase of new pager units
Directors of Fire District No. 9 Monday evening approved a contract with Radio Communications of Crowley to purchase 55 pager units for the volunteer firemen.
Under the agreement, after the pagers are purchased, the district will pay a $7 monthly fee, with every 11th pager free of the monthly service fee. There is no connection fee, with the yearly service fee estimated at $4,200, with the District obligated only on a month to month basis.
It was reported by Chad Hebert that the Acadia Parish 911 Communications District is getting out the pager business because nearly every fireman has a cell phone.
If any pager is broken, it must be sent to a California firm for repairs, with average turnaround time of two weeks. The pagers will be under a one-year warranty and insurance with a average $250 deducible.
In other business, directors agreed to move the board’s meeting date to the second Monday of each month.
Board President Lee Hebert discussed instituting a purchase order system, with the fire department also using purchase orders. Hebert suggested authorizing the new fire chief to make emergency purchases up to a set amount. No action was taken, with directors planning to continue the discussion at the next board meeting.
Board member Anthony Emmons reported he discussed an increase in “trip allowances” for the volunteer firefighters during a meeting with Mayor Jim Petitjean. The mayor said the budget issue will be analyzed, and Emmons reporting he will follow up at a later date. The current allowance is $6.