The KHVFD and Explorer Post 501 are hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 8:30am-12:00pm. Breakfast will be served for a suggested donation of $4 per adult and $2 per child. (under 12). Christmas crafts will be available for the children to make and Santa will be available for pictures.
Donations are always welcome to support the functions of KHVFD and the Explorer post.
Fire Officer Class Offerings/ 2015/16
FFP 1810 Tactics and Strategies 1 December 2, 4, 8 and 10
FFP1870 Course Delivery December 14, 16, 17, and 19
FFP 2120 Building Construction January 6, 7, 12, and 13-2016
FFP 2811 Tactics and Strategies 2 January 18, 19, 25, and 27-2016
All courses are approved through FSFC and held at Keystone Heights Fire Department. 120 Flamingo Street, Keystone Heights, Florida 32656
Class starts at 9am and ends at 9pm
Cost: $100.00 per student
Instructor: Kevin Mobley 352-258-3942 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The KHVFD graduated 11 First Responder students on April 21, 2015. This class prepares a student to handle minor medical emergencies, trauma, childbirth, CPR/AED use, and the use of various resources carried by KHVFD. The students completed 40 hours of training and then ended with a practical excersize last night. The class was split into three groups and operated as teams to mitigate a medical patient, a trauma scene, and a Hazmat situation with hostages. Chief Kevin Mobley and Lt. Bobby Turner donated thier time to instruct the class and members of KHVFD assisted in administration of the final practical. (Racquel Mobley, Jeff Miller, Scott Singletary, and Capt. Louis Mallory. Pictured are the students that graduated.
Back row: Explorer Noah Cook, Explorer Dalton Scarberry, Advisor Anne Cook, Support staff Elizabeth Cook, Explorer Elijah Cook, and Advisor Jennifer Scarberry.
Bottom row: Explorer Madison Lemmon, citizen Ariana Cason, Citizen Cheyanne Singletary, Explorer Baylee Smith, Explorer Nehemiah Cook.
On Friday April 10 from 3:00pm to 7:30 pm and Saturday April 11, from 9:00am to 7:30pm KHVFD will be holding a fundraiser at the intersection of SR 21 and SR 100, Hitchcocks, and Ace Hardware. Support your VFD by filling the boot.
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 free.
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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