GHFPD Board Meeting – 2-20-14

Posted on: February 18th, 2014

The Gold Hill Fire Protection District Board Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center.

Rich Lopez, Chair of the Gold Hill FPD Board, came to our last Town Meeting, Feb. 10, and reported on a meeting he attended about the possible merger of the Sunshine, Fourmile, and Gold Hill departments.  He is also recruiting for the Fire Board.  Elections are in May and he reported that some board members are ready to step down, so the Board is looking for some good people to serve.

Here are his notes on the merger meeting

Greatest Concern/Worry for your Dept?  (presently)

Inadequate Response

Duplication – Costs, Time, Effort

Burnout of Key Players – real concern

Volunteer Retention – Recruitment


Aging Residential Base/Demographics

Aging Fleet/Equipment

Unfunded Mandates

Resiliency – Large Incidents

Economy of Scale

Increasing: Demands, Complexities

Risk Exposure


Training – just enough


Greatest Hope/Vision w/Consolidation

         Ability to improve ISO Rating

Replace Aging Fleet

Decreased Response Times

Increased Response Capability

Increased Political Power/Influence

Unified Training & Ewuipment

Reduced Redundancy

Increased Efficiency

Dispatch Opportunities

Biggest Fear w/Cnsolidation

         Changing Culture

Loss of Identity – FF

Loss of Role/Responsibility

Increased Responsibility

Increased Standards/Expectations

And here is the list of attendees