Boyceville Ambulance gets $90,000 in grants for equipment

BOYCEVILLE — Representatives from area municipalities that form the Boyceville Ambulance District learned that the service has received $90,000 in grants recently. This information was released at the regular monthly meeting of the District on January 14th.

Matt Feeney, EMS Chief, informed the meeting that the grants included a $60,000 Otto Bremer Foundation grant for the purchased of two heart monitors. Feeney had one of those monitors at the meeting and demonstrated the unit to members.

Feeney stated, “We are very-very fortunate to have this equipment,” which he called the top of the line. He noted that the new heart monitor was put into service last week following training with members of the ambulance crew. He also spoke about the new power lift cot that they received. “It can lift 750 pounds,” Feeney said.

Feeney addressed the progress with the construction of their new quarters. He indicated that he had hoped to be in the new quarters by the first of the year, but noted the set backs they have had with the construction. He indicated that they could be in the new building by next month.

In another matter, Village President, Gib Krueger questioned the finances and noted that the operating account was almost $27,000 in the negative, but he noted that the building fund still had a $65,000 balance, plus a $10,000 CD.

Fire Department

Fire Chief Brian Marlette reported on the activities of the fire department for the past year and indicated that the department had the highest number of runs in many years. His report indicated the department was called out 89 times in 2014. Of that number, 15 were mutual aid calls. They responded to assist the Menomonie Department six time; Glenwood City, four times; two times each to Elk Mound and Prairie Farm and one run to help the Sand Creek Fire Department

The members of the fire district talked about the installation of dry hydrants in the townships of New Haven and Tiffany. But there was some question about the county not allowing anything attached to bridges. The group will explore this idea more.

As for the finances of the fire department, the report showed that there was a balance at the end of the year of $154,634.57 plus a CD in the amount of $100,000. The next meeting of the group will be on Wednesday, February 11 at the Boyceville Village Hall.