Brentwood Fire Chief Ted Jury said at the June Public Safety Committee meeting that the department would begin publishing weekly/monthly activity reports. The first one is out, and it can be found on the city website under the fire department tab. According to the report, the department had 57 fire calls in 2014, and 30 for 2015, through May. The department also responded to calls related to explosions, rescues, hazardous conditions, false alarms, severe weather and others. The total calls for 2014 was 1835.
Brentwood Fire Chief Ted Jury said at the Public Safety Committee meeting Thursday that a city-wide staff meeting was held to be ready for potential flooding over the next several days as remnants of tropical storm Bill track through the area. Jury said crews went door-to-door in the flood-prone areas south of Manchester Road that border Deer Creek. He said since the apartments were torn down it’s only businesses that are in danger now. David Schmitt, owner of Knight Auto Air Conditioner, told Fox 2 News his business was flooded in 2008 when Hurricane Ike hit the area. He said nothing has been done to change the creek that flooded in the past, so he plans to “move all the cars out, get all the cars off the lot as well as possible.”
The Brentwood Public Safety Committee met June 19, with aldermen Anthony Harper, Lee Wynn and Tom Kramer. 40 South News obtained a recording of the meeting. East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC) transition issues were on the agenda. The city recently switched from city dispatchers to the shared dispatch service. Fire Chief Ted Jury said the fire department has taken care of any ECDC issues, and the transition has been made.
An online petition to stop the “outsourcing” of Brentwood’s police, fire and emergency dispatching to the East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC) has more than one hundred signers — 116 — as of Tuesday morning. Brentwood resident Brandon Jones started the petition to keep the city’s dispatching local less than a week ago. He said he would present it at the next board of aldermen meeting, which for now is March 3. Brentwood Fire Chief Ted Jury spoke in favor of the city using the ECDC dispatch center at the Feb. 3 board of aldermen meeting.