The Pryor Times

November 28, 2013

Salina firefighters give monthly report

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times

In a monthly report presented to the Board of Trustees, the Salina Fire Department provided an activity summary.

The fire department responded to 39 calls in the month of October, with 35 medical, three rescue and one false alarm.

The reported said that David Matlock recently stepped down as fire chief.

“David has diligently served the department for over 25 years,” according to the report. “He intended to retire, but was persuaded to stay on as a firefighter because our staff numbers are so low.”

Jackie Ball was elected chief. Garrett Ball was elected assistant fire chief and Richard Ingram was named captain.

Annual pump tests were performed on Engine One and Engine Two trucks.

“Engine One passed the pump test, but we discovered pump leaks on it that will require repair,” the report read. “Engine Two failed the pump test. Several valves are leaking and the engine would not produce enough RPMs to discharge at the required pressure.”

The fire department has wanted to replace Engine Two, a 1974 model, for five years, but has struggled with the funding. A new pumper truck is estimated to cost $250,000.

“We were denied on a grant for $125,000 from the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation to partially fund the replacement of Engine Two,” the department reported, adding that the grant would have allowed them to pay part of the cost of the truck and finance the remainder.

“We have not received a response from USFA/FEMA on our 2013 SAFER grant application,” they stated in the report.

To repair the pump on the aging truck could cost in excess of $10,000.