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This past month we said farewell to a long time member of the fire department. Chief Ron Clark spent a little over 40 years working for the Twin Falls Fire Department. Starting in 1976 as a rookie firefighter and moving his way through the ranks to Driver/Operator, to Captain, to Battalion Chief, and finally to Fire Chief. Nearly 100 people had been hired after Chief Clark started his firefighting career in Twin Falls and he said he still remembered all of them. The stories and life experiences that he lived through are unfathomable. The number of citizens he helped in their time of need, the changes and growth of the city throughout his career, and his fellow firefighters combined surely made for one of the most interesting careers that we will see for a long time. Chief Clark told us on numerous occasions that we “won the job lottery when we got hired” and some might not agree with him, but a statement like that just shows you how much he enjoyed his job and long lasting career. Chief Clark will be missed but we wish him well in his new ventures. Enjoy your retirement Chief, you earned it!

The brushfire season is here and shows no signs of slowing down. The vegetation that sprung up this spring is now dry as ever and creating some dangerous fire conditions. The warm weather as of late is not helping but doing the opposite and drying out the fuel even faster.  We at the fire department ask you to please keep this in mind when doing any open burning, whether it's a campfire, burning some weeds, or even just a barbecue in the back yard. Currently there is only a few areas of the state that have a Fire Restriction in effect, but I’m sure more are on the way. So if you’re planning a camping trip it might be a good idea to contact your local Forest Service office and get the details of any campfire restrictions. Remember, fire can cause untold destruction when not handled properly.

The Twin Falls Fire Fighters Association will hold its annual “Fill the Boot”  MDA Fund Raiser on August 12th. They'll be at the intersection of Locust and Addison all day long trying to fill up their boots with donations. All money collected goes to help patients and their families who suffer from muscular dystrophy or another related muscular disease. Funds raised stay in southern Idaho and help pay for things like new wheelchairs, medicine, doctor visits, and to help make patients' homes more accessible for them. So if you feel like helping out swing by on August 12th and drop some spare change in a boot.

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