The workshop was a huge success and ended in a very positive note. There are some questions to be answered still so workshop is being planned with Clay County to work out some details of this transition and KHVFD will be on the agenda for City Council meeting on April 20, 2015 for discussion. KHVFD will be voted on at the May 4 council meeting. Any and all support that can attend each of those meetings are encouraged and welcome.
The City council approved a workshop to put KHVFD back to work again. Many details to work out and much support needed to make this a reality. Thank you for all the support at the meeting last night. We will keep you informed!!!!
The Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department needs your support!
Since April 15, 2013 the KHVFD has been prohibited by Clay County to respond to emergency calls. Clay County voided a contract and the City Council of Keystone Heights has placed us on the agenda to schedule a workshop with the hopes of operating as the fire service provider within the municipality and to determine how we can work together to provide an efficient and effective fire department to protect the citizens and visitors of Keystone Heights.
When: March 5, 2015
Where: Keystone Heights City Hall
Time: 6:00 pm
For more information: see www.khvfd.com or email the KHVFD at email@example.com
Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department proudly sponsors a course for First Responders and how to handle autistic patients.
When: Saturday May 2, 2015
Where: Keystone Heights Fire Department
120 Flamingo Street
Keystone Heights, Florida 32656
Class 1 is 9:00am-12:00pm
Lunch will be served for a $5 donation
Class 2 is 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost is a $10.00 donation to KHVFD mailed in advance:
KHVFD attn.: Autism
PO Box 576, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656
Please also RSVP via email firstname.lastname@example.org and include name, phone number, and which class you plan to attend.
(all proceeds go directly to autism awareness)
Please share this with any First Responder! Class is open to all Healthcare providers and Law enforcement.
Medical First Responder Course Offering
The 40 hour First Responder course will be offered at Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department. Course schedule is as follows:
Friday April 17, 2015 6:00p-10:00p (4 hours)
Saturday April 18, 2015 9:00a-9:00p (12 hours)
Sunday April 19, 2015 9:00a-9:00p (12 hours)
Tuesday April 21, 2015 6:00p-10:00p (4 hours)
Instructor: Kevin Mobley
*Registration must be confirmed through email to email@example.com including name, address, email address, and contact number.
*There is no fee for the class, however a donation to KHVFD for the use of the facility is encouraged.
The City Council of Keystone Heights has placed KHVFD on the agenda for Thursday March 5, 2015 at 6:00pm. The goal of this meeting is to schedule a public workshop to lay out the plan of KHVFD working with the City of Keystone Heights as the Fire service provider. Many questions to be answered and solutions to be found to make this a reality to keep KHVFD your service provider. Please plan to attend and spread the word to anyone in the Lake region. The council needs to see you there supporting your fire department! Look forward to your support.
KHVFD has added an option to accept donations for anyone that may want to do so over a secure website. Just log on to www.youcaring.com and search for Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department and make your donation. Thank you for your support.
On April 15, 2013 Clay County Board of County Commissioners, at the direction of County Manager Stephanie Kopelousus and Fire Chief Lorin Mock, cancelled the contract between the Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County which allowed KHVFD to provide fire and emergency services in Clay County and provided Clay County a station to renovate so the career staff housed at KHVFD would have adequate living facilities. At that time Clay County stopped paging KHVFD, its 42 volunteers and 7 fire apparatus to emergency calls which supplemented the Clay County career firefighters that are housed at KHVFD. The contract (attached 3 pages) is in effect until July 8, 2019 with no clause to cancel or otherwise void the contract and has specific duties of each entity to adhere to. This allowed KHVFD to provide emergency services as they have been since the 1920’s and provided Clay County a facility to renovate to house their career staff and apparatus that would meet the needs of the County. The county stated that the renovation was not cost-effective and they would not follow through with the renovation. However, Clay County has budgeted 2.8 million dollars for a new fire station in Keystone Heights to house the crews of one engine and one rescue unit.
This breach of contract by Clay County administration has caused a financial hardship for KHVFD, eliminated a valuable resource to the lake region area in apparatus, equipment, and firefighters, as well as decreased the resources to effectively and efficiently serve you as a citizen of the lake region in your time of need. KHVFD has suffered a loss of grant income, donations, community support, and morale within the department as a result of the actions of Clay County.
The Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department along with its legal team has attempted numerous times to negotiate a resolution to this breach of contract with Clay County and Clay County will not respond and has refused to speak of such a resolution. This has forced the hands of the Board of Directors of KHVFD to file a lawsuit against Clay County for breach of contract. This breach, if resolved as filed with the courts, is designed to allow Clay County resolution to the living condition improvements for the career firefighters housed at KHVFD in a financially responsible way, is aimed to restore the operational budget of KHVFD as dictated in the contract/lease agreement, and to restore the working relationship at the street level and administrative levels of the two fire departments so that services to the public and taxpayers of Keystone Heights are provided in a responsible and sensible way.
KHVFD has attempted for over a year to resolve this breach prior to filing a lawsuit with no success and wants to be able to serve you in the capacity allowed prior to the breach that Clay County created. Our equipment as well as volunteer firefighters have sat idle since April 15, 2013 and it is time to go back to protecting our citizens and visitors of the Keystone Heights area.
Submitted by: KHVFD Board of Directors
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On Friday, October 31, 2014 KHVFD and Explorer Post 501 will be passing out candy to the trick-or-treaters, selling hot dogs, chips, and drinks at KHVFD from 5:00pm until sold out. Please bring the kiddos out to KHVFD and get a goodie and a bite to eat to support your local Volunteer Fire Department. Get a fresh grilled hotdog and bag of chips for a $3.00 donation and there will be drinks available for purchase as well. Stop by KHVFD and have your pictures made with the fire engine. Every child dressed as a firefighter gets a special prize!
On Tuesday August 12, 2014 the KHVFD dedicated 2 bricks to the memorial. One brick was dedicated to Chief James Zowarka and presented to his wife Bettye. Chief Zowarka served as Chief from 1975 to 1982. Mrs. Zowarka spoke a few words about her late husbands service to KHVFD and then his brick was placed in the memorial by Chief Kevin Mobley.
The second brick was dedicated in memory of Explorer Dakota “DJ” Mobley. DJ’s bunker gear was also retired in a glass case and placed on the new Station 10 memorial wall. Dakota’s parents, Chief Kevin Mobley and Engineer Racquel Mobley placed Dj’s brick into the memorial.
The memorial dedication and improvements were made possible by Ace Hardware, Palatka Memorials, Shauna Edwards, and many members of KHVFD and of the community for thier hard work and dedication to make this memorial a tribute to those who have served the community and KHVFD.
The dedication was attended by around 75 citizens and family and then refreshements were provided in the newly remodeled meeting hall. Thank you to all who attended to show respect and honor to Chief Zowarka and DJ Mobley.
Engine 10, Engine 101, Tender 109, and Brush 10 participated in the Keystone Heights 4th of July Parade today. Explorer Dakota DJ Mobley’s gear rode on the front bumper of Engine 10. Miss you DJ! Part of the Cook clan prepped Brush 10 for the parade and Probie Keith Singletary shined the tires for the parade. Happy 4th to all!
KHVFD will not have its annual open house this year due to lack of communtiy support and funding. If there are any of our fire apparatus in the parade it is because a dedicated VOLUNTEER took the time to support KHVFD as a proud member. Happy 4th of July.