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This past month two members of the Fire Department gained some new responsibilities. First, Driver/Operator Fred McDonald was selected to fill a vacant Driver’s Academy Instructor position. Fred will join current instructor Driver/Operator Tristan Jones this Spring, and educate and test the eligible candidates who participate in the academy. McDonald has been in the Driver position since 2010 so he has plenty of experience and knowledge to pass on the academy students. Next, Driver/Operator Tony Jardine is now in charge of our three Wildland Attack trucks. Tony’s additional responsibilities consist of putting the two Heavy Brushtrucks(the green ones) into service every spring, which includes checking all the systems to ensure proper operation, making sure the pump and foam systems are in proper working order, servicing all the backpack pumpers, and making sure the tools on the apparatus are not in need of repair or replacement. Jardine will also be in charge of taking these trucks out of service in the fall and properly winterizing them to ensure no damage from freezing temperatures occur. Tony and Fred both will do a great job with their new duties, good job fellas keep up the good work.

Earlier this month the Rope Rescue Team performed some training on a new piece of equipment that was recently purchased. The new Multi-Purpose Device or MPD can be used as a lowering device, progress capture for a raise system, belay device, high efficiency pulley, and much more(hence the name Multi-Purpose).  The MPD was not only purchased for its many uses and user friendly design, but it is much gentler on the rope, not causing any unnecessary wear and tear. Also it is the preferred device for other local rescue teams that we occasionally train with and work with on rescue scenes, which promotes better interoperability among the different teams.

The sun is shining and you don't have to scrape your car windows every morning, so I guess that means Spring is here, which means cleanup time. If you plan to do some cleanup burning and you live in the Twin Falls city limits, come into Station 1 downtown and get yourself a required burn permit. Burn permits are free of charge, good from January 1st to December 31st each year, and explain the rules for burning within the city limits. Remember: "When in doubt, put it out."

That's it for this month. Until next time, don't forget to wave to the guys in the BRT.