02/20/14 357 W - + 4 - 1 Fire Commission Minutes - 1998 to 2013

Here's a newly discovered treat, the minutes of the first fire commission meeting on November 24, 1998. Via this county web page. The commission was created as one of the recommendations of a 1994 fire service study that recommended appointing and empowering a "fire advisory board" to serve as a the "primary source of policy direction for fire protection, and advise county commissioners on fire service needs." 

The following members appeared at that first meeting:

  • George Mills, North Region/Primary
  • A. C. Rich, North Region/Alternate
  • Tom Vaughan, East Region/Primary
  • Rodney Privette, East Region/Alternate
  • Ed Brinson, West Region/Primary
  • Tony Chiotakis, West Region/Alternate
  • Phil Mitchell, South Region/Primary
  • Max Ashworth, Citizen/Consumer
  • Ned Perry, Citizen/Consumer
  • Chuck Sannipoli, Citizen/Consumer
  • Bonnie Woodruff, Citizen/Consumer
  • Blaine Parks, Citizen/Consumer (Alternate)
  • Bill Stevenson, President of Firemen’s Association
  • Cloyce Anders, External Facilitator (Non-voting)
  • Ray Echevarria, Interim Director-Fire/Rescue Division.

 Absent were:

Their mission, which they chose to accept, were these priorities:

Then what happened?

Read the minutes!

They're available on this web site. Or see this special compiled version (PDF), which collects all of them from 1998 to 2013.*

What's the larger history here, on how the county's fire service formed and has been governed (and funded)? See this prior posting on that very topic!

Among the things that you'll learn about is the Wake County Fire Chiefs Council, which operated for decades. It was superceded by the fire commission. There was also something called the Wake County Fire Districts Commission, cited in documents from the 1970s. Still researching!

Anyway, happy reading.

*Wait a minute bud, a couple of those 2012 and 2013 minutes in that digest of yours say "draft minutes." What are you trying to pull? Those are there because the county web page is missing a couple of those. Thus, the draft versions in my digest, until the county web site is updated. I've sent them a note.

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