Camp Verde Fire District could receive grant

CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde Fire District has tentatively received a $25,000 grant from Yavapai County to thin out the dead shrubbery from Verde Lakes to decrease the chance of a fire in that area. The county has to come out to the area to survey the land before making a final decision on the grant.

"The town has already cleaned out some of the wash in Verde Lakes, which should help make the area less of a fire hazard," said Fire Chief Terry Keller.

In other fire district news, the two firemen from Camp Verde, who helped fight the Valley Fire in California returned last Wednesday. The truck that was used to help fight the Valley Fire was leased to the state by the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District. The funds earned, will be split between the Montezuma-Rimrock and Camp Verde fire districts.

On September 24, the Sedona fire dispatch officially closed their doors, which will require all dispatching services to now go through the Cottonwood dispatch for Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock.

Also discussed at the Camp Verde Fire District board meeting was a Memorandum of Understanding. Since Arizona is a right to work state, there are no unions. By having an understanding, the district is agreeing to meet with the Camp Verde Chapter of the Sedona-Verde Valley Firefighters Association Local 3690 of the IAFF.

They discuss wages, benefits and overall rights of the employees. The understanding has been written and Keller sent it to the fire districts' attorney for an overview of the document.

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