By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
The Seward County Commission has a light list of items on the agenda for its regular meeting this evening.
For one item, the county’s fire department has received two bids for the replacement of a thermal image camera chief Mike Rice said is no longer working.
“Two demo thermal image cameras were purchased in May 2003 out of the equipment fund for $13,800, and one of these is the one needing to be replaced,” he said in information in the agenda packet.
Both bids, one from Conrad Fire Equipment Inc. and one from 1st Due, came in at just less than $10,000 for the same equipment. That equipment includes an MSA Evolution 6000 Thermal Image Camera and Evolution 6000 TIC Vehicle Kit with charger and mounting base.
The camera itself includes these features:
• High definition image quality that offers excellent resolution;
• A standard flashlight that provides extra visibility for firefighter proximity to enhance safety and situational awareness;
• A laser pointer that pinpoints hot spots and other areas of interest to allow others to take fast, specific action;
• A dual-handle design for easy handoff on the fireground; and
• Three carabiner attachment points that offer flexibility in attaching the camera to a firefighter.
The county has also hired four new employees since the commission’s last meeting in May. Carolina Garza was hired in the maintenance department. Eddie J. Ackley came on board with the landfill’s Oklahoma office, and Kambrie Long and Daniel Frazier will be working in the appraiser’s office.
Tonight’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.