Latest Addition to the Fire Fleet
The Nashville Fire Department has purchased a new Ladder Truck. The apparatus has been delivered and is being prepped to go into service within the coming weeks. The cost of the 2014 state- of –the- art tractor drawn Aerial Cat is $898,812 and was purchased from Kovatch Mobile Equipment, Nesquehoning, PA., and NAFECO (TN).
New Ladder 19 will be housed at Station 19, located at 349 21st Avenue North. The new truck is equipped with a 101 ft. aerial ladder and has a tillered driver to steer the back. Having a tiller helps the large apparatus to maneuver narrow streets such as in the downtown area to aid in structural firefighting and rescues.
Ladder trucks carry equipment that enables its assigned personnel to engage in building search and rescue operations, property salvage, smoke removal and auto extrication. Additionally, ladder trucks provide fire fighters access to high elevations for rescue and master water stream application.
The funding for the Ladder Truck came from the Capital Improvement Budget, which was approved by Mayor Dean and the Metro Council.
Juvenile Court Special Accomplishments
Juvenile Court is involved in several activities to increase public safety, parental involvement, and the effectiveness of services provided by the court. Highlighting these activities is a recent room search sweep of youth on supervised probation to the court. On March 24, 2014 (the first day of MNPS Spring Break), twenty probation staff, in conjunction with twenty MNPD officers, conducted a sweep involving 152 homes of youth on probation. 97 room searches were conducted, resulting in 91 of the probationers being found in compliance with their probation rules, 5 probationers being charged with possession of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, and 2 outstanding arrest orders being served.
A new program, the Parent Empowerment Project, was begun in Nov. 2013 in order to increase parental involvement of parents of youth placed on probation to the court. These parents are required to attend an evening presentation held at the Juvenile Court that emphasizes their role and responsibilities in the process, and how their active participation will benefit their child, family, and our community. To date, over 100 parents of youth on probation have attended these presentations. Community Court dockets are also being held once per month at one of four area high schools to hear school truancy cases. These dockets are conducted in the mid to late evening in order to increase parent attendance and participation.
Approximately one-third of the 15,000 cases filed each year at Juvenile Court involve youth with delinquent charges, with the remaining two-thirds made up of Paternity, Legitimation, and Child Support cases, Neglect and Dependent cases, and other types of cases. The programs and activities described above are just a few of many provided at Juvenile Court on behalf of the youth, families, and community of Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County.