Fire chief: $400,000 in funds expected

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

The city should receive about $400,000 in state fire funds in the coming fiscal year that will help pay for equipment and station improvements, according to Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman.

The money is enabling the fire department to continue to work to improve its fire protection classification, Westerman said.

The fire chief updated the Clovis City Commission at its meeting Thursday with news about the additional funding as well as new equipment and operations.

The fire station at Main and 21st streets has been put back in use after being decommissioned a decade ago, Westerman said.

The station is not being staffed but will house equipment, he said, and fill a gap in the city’s coverage identified by the Insurance Services Organization.

“Citizens aren’t going to notice anything different in operations,” he said, but having the station in operation improves efforts for ISO reclassification.

Westerman has been working to have the city’s classification move from a class 3 to a class 2, he said. Achieving that rating necessitates meeting ISO standards and the station “is one small piece of that puzzle,” he said. The new standard would result in lower insurance rates within the city, he explained.

The city now has six functioning fire stations.

Westerman also told commissioners that the new 100-foot aerial truck has been placed in service and will be in the Pioneer Days parade Saturday along with the department’s 1946 truck. The new aerial truck also will be on display at Greene Acres Park for the community day celebration.

In other business,commissioners:
Voted to waive fees for Potter Park pool for the annual Juneteenth Celebration Day June 16.