Fire District Has Healthy Finances

For the second straight month, the Clearwater Fire Protection District’s Board meeting has been short and sweet with no old business and no new business. The meeting consisted of approval accounts payable and a treasurer’s report.

Steve Walsh, fire district treasurer, said that finances are healthy. As of Monday afternoon, the fire district had $296,545.76 as a total fund balance.

The majority of the district’s fund are in the checking account, Walsh stated. He reported that $244,491.36 is in the checking account. The tower maintenance account has a balance of $1,992.89; $50,061.51 is in a contingency fund.

Walsh recommended that the board look at its budget later this year. If fund balances remain healthy, he recommended that the fire district look at purchasing something.

“We need to look at getting rid of our two oldest trucks, a 1975 and a 1978,” Fire Chief Earl Mumper stated.

CFPD Board Chairman Shane Babb said he believes the fire district needs to keep at least one of the trucks.

“I believe we need a four wheel drive,” Babb said. “One is better than zero.

In other business, Mumper reminded the board that a vehicle extraction course will be offered to firefighters March 24-25; the class will be taught by the Fire and Rescue Institute of University of Missouri Extension Division. Marty Schuessler of Jackson will be the instructor. Mumper said that he hopes that 24 area firefighters will take the course.

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