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.<BR>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.<BR>Courtesy

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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