Weed city, COS enter into equipment use agreement

Jeff Knebel
Newly appointed Weed City Council Member Brenda Woods is sworn in by Weed City Clerk Deborah Salvestrin during Thursday’s meeting, while Mayor Chuck Sutton looks on.

Following the swearing in of newly appointed council member Brenda Woods during a special meeting Thursday evening, Weed City Councilors unanimously voted to direct city staff to proceed toward the completion of an agreement with College of the Siskiyous that would allow the use of city equipment in the fire science program.

The use of city equipment will help support COS to provide education and training for potential and existing volunteer and career firefighters.

In return for use of the equipment, the college will remunerate the city $10,500 as a retainer for each fire course participating in the agreement, according to the memorandum. The agreement will become effective for the fall 2008 school year.

Prior to July 2006 the city had been in agreements with the college that allowed the use of the fire station for classroom training purposes and to allow the fire chief to provide coordinated services for the program.

During the past few years COS has been upgrading its fire science program, making the past services no longer needed. However, use of city equipment, including the fire tower, training props and fire fighting apparatuses, is needed.

Other equipment and facilities that will be used include the vehicle fire trainer, fire engines, median rescue unit, hazardous materials trailer, thermal imaging cameras and a flashover survival trainer.

The college will provide insurance for the equipment and for students and college faculty/staff. COS will also be responsible for all maintenance, supplies and repair costs for the fire tower, flashover survival trainer, vehicle fire trainer and the hazardous materials trailer resulting from any use.

After all council members agreed that use of city equipment “would be to the already excellent and successful program,” councilor Leo Sartor made a motion to proceed with the agreement. Councilor Dave Pearce seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Chuck Sutton proclaimed that the period of June 9 through 15 will be recognized by the city as the United States Army Week and that June 14 be recognized as the Army’s Birthday, as requested by the Army.

“I Chuck Sutton, Mayor of the City of Weed, do hereby declare June 9 through 15 as United States Army Week in Weed, and encourage all citizens to join with me in this salute to express our gratitude to those who have served and those who are now serving to protect our nation and it’s freedoms,” he stated.