Thorsby fire and water departments to host classes

Published 4:47 pm Thursday, February 6, 2020

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The Thorsby Fire Department will be hosting an EMT basic class beginning March 2.

Thorsby Fire Chief Josh Parker relayed the information to the Thorsby Town Council during its Feb. 3 meeting.

According to Parker, the course is an entry level to becoming a paramedic.

At the moment, about 20 students are signed up from the county and surrounding area.

“It will good exposure for our department and used as a recruiting tool,” Parker said.

Parker said that the class will be a cheaper alternative to similar classes offered by Herzing University and Jefferson State Community College.

“It’s needed in the county,” Parker said. “Everybody’s really excited about it.”

The EMT basic class will end in July.

However, the fire department is not the only town department scheduled to host a class.

Public Works Director Terry Jackson also announced the town will be hosting a grade 2 and 3 water class at Helen Jenkins Chapel March 23.

Jackson also updated the Council that installing new water meters has been moving along with about 86 that are still not “radio reads.”

According to Jackson, the new meters can be scanned and diagnosed through a laptop just by stopping on the road in front of the house.

He believes this will help pinpoint problems quicker and get to the bottom of why some people may have a higher water bill.

“There’s going to be a lot of good that comes from it,” Jackson said.

In other news from the meeting:

  • An ordinance was approved for the numbering of the Council seats to remain the same for the 2020 election.
  • An ordinance was also approved to keep the pay for the incoming mayor and council members the same as it has been.
  • The Council approved the minutes from the Jan. 6 meeting.
  • The Council approved the minutes from the planning commission’s Dec. 3 meeting.
  • The Council approved the minutes from the parks and recreation board meetings Jan. 19 and 26.
  • The Council agreed to transfer the funds and pay its bills.