Supervisors Approve Heber Overgaard Fire Budget


Work on the Heber Overgaard Fire Department concrete driveway has been completed using fire station staff. Fire Chief Rich Upham said this saved the district a good bit of money. The old driveway, which was asphalt, was prone to breaking up under the weight of the heavy fire trucks in use. The concrete is reinforced with criss-crossed and tied re-bar to add strength. The fire station staff volunteered to accomplish the project, outside of the concrete delivery itself, the chief said.

Work on the Heber Overgaard Fire Department concrete driveway has been completed using fire station staff. Fire Chief Rich Upham said this saved the district a good bit of money. The old driveway, which was asphalt, was prone to breaking up under the weight of the heavy fire trucks in use. The concrete is reinforced with criss-crossed and tied re-bar to add strength. The fire station staff volunteered to accomplish the project, outside of the concrete delivery itself, the chief said. |

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Clear mornings with cloud buildup and continued chance of afternoon thunderstorms dominate the weather picture through our weekend. Highs will be in the mid 80s with lows in the mid 50s. Humidity will hover around 45 percent.

The monthly Heber Overgaard Fire District board meeting was held Tuesday, Aug. 23.

A majority of the meeting was contained in the fire chief’s report and executive session for fire chief evaluation. Results of the evaluation were undisclosed as of this meeting.

Contained in the fire chief’s report, auditors will begin the annual financial audit of the Heber Overgaard Fire District starting Sept. 12. Second on the agenda stated was that the Navajo County Board of Supervisors approved the Heber Overgaard Fire District 2011-2012 budget proposal.

On the personnel side, Dane Stephens passed the National Registry and upgraded from EMT to paramedic. As well, Fire Chief Rich Upham stated that the Heber Overgaard Fire employees have completed training on the new CCR protocol. This replaces what is known as CPR.

Lastly, Summit Regional Medical Center has purchased a new ePCR system that will be implemented by all EMS agencies on the White Mountain-Mogollon Rim area. This new system streamlines medical documentation transfer from EMS to hospital in terms of patient transfer.

The annual Pine Needlers Quilt Show is occurring on Saturday, Sept. 3, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Capps School Gymnasium, 3375 Buckskin Canyon Road in Heber. The entrance fee is $1. The proceeds from the quilt show and our annual raffle quilt is donated to community outreach organizations such as the Safe House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Senior Center, Hope House, Salvation Army SHARE program, the Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Fund and Christmas Party. The quilting group began in 1989 by founder, Betty Palmer, who gathered a few of her friends together each week to quilt and enjoy the fellowship of women with a common interest. Now, 22 years later, the group consists of a total of 72 members, including summer and year-round residents.

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