The Woodward News

October 1, 2013

Commissioners approve bid for fire protection gear

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners accepted the recommendation Monday of Woodward Fire Chief Steve Day to approve a bid from Chief Fire and Safety for bunker gear for county fire departments .

Earlier this month, commissioners tabled the decision on two bids on the gear, which is meant for structural fires, to allow fire officials a chance to look over them, according to District 3 Commissioner, Vernie Matt.

One of the bids came from Chief Fire and Safety and the second came from Casco.

According to Matt, Casco's bid, the lower priced of the two, did not meet the specs set for the gear that were required by the fire department.

After hearing from Day, commissioners voted to accept the slightly higher bid because it complied with all of the specs required by the fire department.

Day said there are several different levels of protection when considering bunker gear for fire fighters.

Too much protection and the gear gets too heavy, he said. Too little protection is lighter for the firefighter, but does not offer the best protection from the heat of a fire.

"We try to put a piece of protective equipment on them (the firefighters) that they can perform well in and that protects them as much as possible. There is a difference in the materials . . . you know, there are t shirts and then there are good T-shirts."

In other business, District 2 Commissioner, Randy Johnson requested the board approve a request from Dewey County Rural Water District to cross a District 2 dirt road with a one inch water tap from the main water line in order to supply a pasture.

The board approved the request.