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January 19, 2008

Chouteau approves rope rescue courses

Trustees for the town of Chouteau approved hiring a new School Resource Officer (SRO), approved the fire department hosting rope rescue classes and accepted the police department’s report during the meeting Monday.

Tammy Steddum-Ward submitted her resignation to the board to take a position in security at Google. She has been the SRO for Chouteau schools since she was hired in June 2002.

The board approved hiring Brad Rowland as the new SRO for the school.

Rowland has been a reservist with the Chouteau Police Department since December 2006. He graduated from Rogers State University with an associate degree in Police Science. He is certified through Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. He was born and raised in Locust Grove and is married with four girls and one boy on the way.

Chief Gary Shrum said Rowland has a good head on his shoulders and will be an asset to the department.

Fire Chief Ted Key asked the board to approve paying for a rope rescue class for $2,700.

Key explained four training classes are scheduled with Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training program.

The first two will be paid through a Homeland Security grant and will cover Hazmat awareness and operations.

The Rope Rescue I class will be paid through a $3,200 grant from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Key said he is seeking funding for the Rope Rescue II class, which costs $2,700.

Chouteau is hosting the classes which are open to all firefighters throughout the county. The cost is $120 per firefighter, so Chouteau will recover some of the cost through participation fees from firefighters with other departments.

The board approved paying for the cost of the Ropes Course II class.

The Chouteau Police Department wrote 139 citations, 54 warnings and gave 99 verbal warnings in December 2007. The department took 136 police calls, made two drug arrests and jailed 12 people. Reservists worked 102.5 hours. Six animal calls were taken, picking up four, euthanizing six and adopting one. The department worked six vehicle crashes with eight injuries. Cases worked by officers included a juvenile runaway, emergency detention order, public intoxication, drug arrest, forcible sodomy complaint, forgery complaint, burglary, theft report, vandalism complaint, burglary complaint and another theft and vandalism complaint.

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