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Well jolly old Saint Nick has come and gone and another year has come to a close.  This year the A-shift boys were on duty for both Christmas day and New Year’s Eve.  But it wasn’t all bad, on Christmas day families of the on duty guys were invited to the shift dinner at station 1.  With good food, good company, and minimal emergency calls the day went by pretty quick.  We also had a couple other visitors that day, the Times News sent over a reporter and a photographer to document our Christmas dinner.  By the way I believe Firefighter Shewmaker owes a year supply of ice cream for not only getting his picture in the newspaper but his daughter’s as well.

It’s that time of year again when Oldman Winter shows off his chilly talents, and we all throw on another layer before leaving the house.  The bitter cold also brings a few more calls for the us, specifically furnace and fireplace related.  Everyone is trying to squeeze just a little more warmth from their heat source and this practice can cause problems for a furnace or fireplace that has not been properly maintained.  A burned up furnace fan motor or a chimney fire are never something that you want to experience.  A little preventative maintenance might save you some trouble in the long run.

As we look back on 2015 the most notable change to the Fire Department is personnel.  This past year brought changes for 8 members of the department.  We now have 2 newly hired Hosemen, 2 promoted Drivers, 2 promoted Captains, a promoted Battalion Chief, and a new Fire Marshal.  With that much movement within the ranks, one might think that some growing pains were occurring.  But all transitions went quite smoothly and the Fire Department ran like a well-oiled machine in 2015.  With the new year, new changes are in store for us but we’re all confident that this year will be as productive as that last.

Well, that's about it for this month, and until next time don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT.