The Pryor Times

October 18, 2013

Chouteau Fire Department gets grants

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Chouteau Fire Department got nothing but yes votes at the Chouteau Board of Trustees meeting Monday.

The department's night began with the receipt of a $3,527.13 grant from Cherokee Nation. The funds will go directly to the Special Fire Fund.

The department requested purchasing new Bunker Gear from Casco. The total amount requested for this purchase is $4,487. Chouteau Fire Chief Ted Key said the department is purchasing three coats, three pants and some miscellaneous gear items.

“We need about 10 sets total, but we like to do it a little bit at a time, as we can afford it,” said Key. “This grant worked out perfectly.”

The funding for the bunker gear came from a grant from the State of Oklahoma.

The department requested purchasing Firehouse Software, a records management program, for $3,360.

“This software essentially keeps up with what we do on a daily basis,” said Key, who compared the purchase to a business buying accounting software.

The Firehouse Software website says it is the “only software developed from the ground up to integrate  seamlessly with every detail of your emergency operation, paperwork included. From the initial call to the final report and everything in between.”

The software does performance measurements, manages cost recovery efforts and coordinates day to day operations. It will streamline the daily operations of the department, optimizing each firefighter’s time.

The board approved promoting Assistant Fire Chief Billy Wishard from hourly to salary pay.

The board accepted Tiffany Soap, Kyle Grossman, Nicholas Jensen and Nate Cooper as volunteer firefighters.

The department has been actively trying to recruit quality volunteers for some time.