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  County Administrator's Report     11. 5.    
BCC Regular Meeting Budget & Finance Consent  
Meeting Date: 10/06/2016  
Issue:    Amendment to the Standard Operating Procedure Guidelines for the Administration of the Volunteer Firefighter Stipend Program, Section IV, A.3
From: Mike Weaver
Department: Public Safety  
CAO Approval:

RECOMMENDATION:
Recommendation Concerning the Standard Operating Guidelines for the Administration of the Volunteer Firefighter Stipend Program Policy - Michael D. Weaver- Public Safety Department Director

That the Board adopt the revised Board of County Commissioners' Policy titled "Standard Operating Guidelines for the Administration of the Volunteer Firefighter Stipend Program,“ Section IV, A.3, effective October 1, 2016, to address the following gaps in the Policy:  (1) clearly state the stipend amount per rank; (2) allow a stipend, in the amount of $200, for Driver Operator's; (3) align the retention incentive with the monthly participation requirements; and (4) include payments for Volunteer instructors.
 
[Funding:  Fund 143, Fire Services, Cost Center 330206, Fire Rescue/Services]
BACKGROUND:
As part of annual review process, Public Safety Department Director, Michael Weaver, Fire Chief Pat Grace and representatives from the Escambia County Volunteer Firemen's Association met to address the gaps in the current guidelines. During this review, the Escambia County Volunteer Firemen's Association requested a $100.00 per rank increase as well as the addition of a Driver Operator position to the policy.
BUDGETARY IMPACT:
Funds are available in Fund 143, Fire Protection Fund, Cost Center 330206, Fire Service, Object Code 51201, Other Salaries and Wages- VFF.
LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS/SIGN-OFF:
Deputy County Attorney Charlie Peppler has been the advising Attorney for the Standard Operating Guidelines and has reviewed and approved the policy.
PERSONNEL:
N/A
POLICY/REQUIREMENT FOR BOARD ACTION:
Board approval is required in order to adopt a Board Policy.
IMPLEMENTATION/COORDINATION:
Public Safety Department Director, Mike Weaver and Fire Chief Pat Grace will ensure that all volunteers are made aware of the new policy once adopted.

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