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6/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Board OKs 3% raises for Golden Valley Fire Department personnel
A U-Haul is used to move from the Golden Valley Fire Department’s old Station 11 on Mayer Road to the new station at 3480 Bacobi Road. “The new fire station location better serves the community,” said Fire Chief Thomas O’Donohue. The Bacobi Road station is one of three in the Golden Valley Fire District that are within five miles of many homes, enabling those residents to qualify for lower fire insurance rates. The district’s Public Safety Training Center on Colorado Road will fill a void for even more residents to qualify for lower rates as the district continues to improve its response times. The new Station 11 was built at a cost of $830, 000. The 12,000 square-foot facility includes six bedrooms, a large kitchen, exercise room, large dayroom that can double for training and meetings, and space for up to eight fire apparatus. The old station will be used for administration.Courtesy
A U-Haul is used to move from the Golden Valley Fire Department’s old Station 11 on Mayer Road to the new station at 3480 Bacobi Road. “The new fire station location better serves the community,” said Fire Chief Thomas O’Donohue. The Bacobi Road station is one of three in the Golden Valley Fire District that are within five miles of many homes, enabling those residents to qualify for lower fire insurance rates. The district’s Public Safety Training Center on Colorado Road will fill a void for even more residents to qualify for lower rates as the district continues to improve its response times. The new Station 11 was built at a cost of $830, 000. The 12,000 square-foot facility includes six bedrooms, a large kitchen, exercise room, large dayroom that can double for training and meetings, and space for up to eight fire apparatus. The old station will be used for administration.
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Butch Meriwether


GOLDEN VALLEY - The Golden Valley Fire District governing board unanimously approved the 2013-14 budget Wednesday, resulting in 3 percent pay raises for the assistant fire chief down to basic firefighters.

GVFD Fire Chief Thomas O'Donohue wasn't included in the pay increase because the board awarded him a one-year contract and a pay raise in February.

O'Donohue announced during the meeting that the Western Council of Emergency Services had awarded plaques to Firefighter/EMT Daniel Burgan and Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Gifford for their lifesaving efforts on Aug. 17, 2012. The two responded to a residence on Chino Road where a 3-year-old child drowned in the family pool.

When Gifford and Burgan arrived, they found a family member performing CPR on the child. The firefighters immediately began advanced life support techniques and the child survived.

Other notes from the meeting:

• A districtwide burn ban was instituted.

• The department participated in the Wildland Mobilization Program by providing two firefighters and equipment to help out fighting of a fire near Albuquerque, N.M.

• The Board is awaiting the completion of the appraisal report for the old Fire Station #11 and the GVFD administrative offices on North Mayer Road prior to deciding if the District should sell the two pieces of property.

• Discussed the modification to the current Intergovernmental Agreement for 911 Fire Dispatch Agreement.

• GVFD handled 165 calls in May, including 11 fire suppressions and 92 medical emergencies.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

The GVFD is way off base in its priorities for spending. The issues are not about our everyday fire fighting heroes and no one begrudes their pay raise. Expanding the district for the sake of expansion in these economic times is insane and surely does not represent the will of the majority.

One day they were going to raise taxes and a few days later, after an uproar in Social Media they back down…ONY for this year. That was a big political move in preparation for the election of the two board seats in Nov. So hats offf to the nay sayers and the complainers because they already saved everyone some property tax.

The GVFD has gone amuck in my opinion.


Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Moniker Lewinsky

Doesn't that board have any sort of a problem with that new fire station going over the bid by $300,000?? Does the chief just get away with that? Do they need to double every bid to get the true amount?

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: So Correct

Tom M you are so correct we will be broke. Oh yes these board members have lived in this area for more than a few years. They feel that they are going to change everything. What about the tax payers who are paying the bill. No we don't need another fire dept. We don't run the calls that we have in the past. heck we pay a lot of money out for people that aren't even EMT's but show up to medical calls. Get a grip on the money or we will be in a hurt. Watch by next year our taxes go up to pay for these new stations.

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Tatalovich

Kudos to the board for making the right decision and giving these folks a raise, but seriously it should have been at least 5% instead of 3%

Sorry to all those who feel that this is a misappropriation of taxpayer money, even in a so-called down economy, but I for one am of the mindset that we can't do enough for those civil servants who devote their lives to the safety of others, at great risk to themselves at times, thus making their community, our community, a better and safer place to live. I would suggest to all the complainers out there, whether you've commented on this article or just "Hrrummpphhed" at home, spend a week in the boots of one of these fine men or women working for this district, see what they go through...actually I'm guessing you'd probably not last an hour!

The overall tax rate in this area is actually quite low, so low in fact that if we didn't have the personnel and facilties that we do now, one unfortunate fire or medical emergency that may not be responded to in an appropriate time frame could cost a person more financially than their tax bill for the year or even many years...think about it people!!! We have a great value here and should appreciate it.

As far as the Chief goes, well I've met him and spoke with him on a few issues and I am impressed with his knowledge and attitude. I have absolutely no doubt he has our best interests in mind and I think we'd be hard pressed to have found anyone better suited for this particular job...thank's Chief!

Here's to the continued success of the GVFD!


Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Moniker

Keeps spending money like its growing on trees, When the Dept. is broke he is going to blame the board members for approving the agenda's....Poeple, Tom O is going to cause this Fire District to become broke. Why would anybody in there right mind allow this spending to continue.....Oh thats right he bought property outside the district, (build it and they will come) oh wait were is Wal-mart Distribution center at? Thats right they went to Utah, and they are not coming to this area do to County regulations!!!!! But The Dept. will have to go broke in order for the public and Board members to see its out of control.....

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: No Name

@Butch. GVFD has enough money to build another station just in case it is needed?Really? That is wonderful news for us taxpayers.
I am sure we will be saving lots of money on this maybe if needed fire station. Maybe you could do an article on how much it will be saving the taxpayers.
I agree with you, I also love how someone can hide behind a moniker.


Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Another New Fire Station?

Oh yes, it IS another new fire station Why would they add bedrooms to administrative offices? The bill for the last station was $300K over what was originally bid.If they continue spending like that Mr. Tobin, they will end up exactly like Lake Mohave Ranchos. Lets see the plans.

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

It isn't Golden Valley Fire District's (GVFD) problem or fault that Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District (LMRFD) failed. It is an entirely different fire district and part of their failing was caused by mismanagement of revenues. As for GVFD, the board and the fire chief do a very good job of handling the district's revenues and if I'm not mistaken, the firefighters hadn't received a cost of living raise in more than two years. It is obvious GFVD manages their revenues brought in from property taxes better than LMFFD. If GVFD had revenue in a contingent fund, why not give a raise to the firefighters and support staff who works every day providing us with emergency medical aid and fire protection. As for an edification for the blogger who brought up the “new” fire station, they are only planning on moving the administration building to the Public Safety Training Center on Colorado and building a couple of rooms for the firefighters to sleep there and possibly maintain an apparatus there. That way, there will be a fire station if needed. I don’t even think they had planned on manning it at this time. As for the old Station #11 and the current administrative offices, an appraisal is currently be done and then it the board decides to sell it, there will a lot more money in the district’s contingency coffers. I am one who appreciates the GFVD personnel and the good job they do. And to top it off, I love how someone hides behind a moniker to slam someone, but doesn’t have the huevos to include their real name when posting a comment.

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Stop the Spending

This $830,000 station was presented to the board at the cost of $525,000. This board must be accountable for overspending. Now the fire chief is asking for a new Admin and another fire station. At what cost?

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by:

@Allen When will you learn how to distinguish between County vs. City and Golden Valley Fire Department vs. Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire Department....They are not the same! Golden Valley Fire is ran by a whole, completely different board.....ugh.

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: C'mon Seriously

Mr. Tobin, better leadership and more efficient processes must be in place in the GV district

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Another New Fire Station?

They just spent $830 thousand on a brand new fire station, and the board is being asked to consider yet another new fire station on Colorado. Old station 11 will only be used temporarily for administrative offices until brand new ones are approved. Cha ching!

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Allen Tobin

this is decusting, they can have a raise, and the dolan spring s fire station is on limited personel, and getting low wages, this is a disgrace.



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