administers the oath

Fire Chief James Hendricks (right) administers the oath of office to Nick Besara at the May 21 meeting of the Herald Fire Protection District.

Herald Fire Protection District (HFPD) Board is finally working with a full set of directors after officially swearing in Nick Besara at the May 21 meeting at Station 87. The proceedings were held in person, one of the first local public agencies to do so since public health restrictions have been tempered.

Besara was appointed by the four remaining board members, Chair Lindsey Liebig and board members Dennis Johnson, Heidi Braziel and George Obi, at the March 19 meeting.

Besara will serve the remainder of Brian Hurlbut’s term, who resigned earlier this year due to health-related reasons. Hurlbut was halfway through his second four-year term, having been reelected in 2018. Besara will fill Hurlbut’s seat through 2022.

Besara has been a Herald resident for five years and has been active in the community. He is a heavy equipment operator with Operating Engineers Local 3.

At the May 21 meeting, board members approved policies 5010-5070 and approved a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Firefighter Property Program. This program will allow the district to look at purchasing surplus US Forest Service and Cal Fire equipment to improve the fleet.

The resolution only enters the district into the program; any potential purchases would still be brought before the board.

The district also announced it had submitted several grants.

If awarded, the AFG Grant will be used for a new water tender. The district should find out about that in late summer.

If awarded, the AFG-S grant will be used for PPE to help with impacts due to COVID-19. This will hopefully replenish district inventory.

HFPD submitted a SAFER grant application along with 5 other agencies in 2 different counties that includes Wilton Fire Protection District, and Amador and Kirkwood fire departments. This is for a multi-agency training and recruitment program for new volunteers. The district hopes to hear about this grant in the fall. This grant could provide funding for enhanced recruitment and to cover the costs of training and bringing on new volunteers.