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This past month has been a busy one for the Fire Department, we received mutual aid and provided it on multiple incidents. The giving and receiving of aid is not a foreign concept for us and it can be quite encouraging to know that when you are in need you have a friend to call on. Mutual aid not only gives you extra help but it also gives us a chance to operate with neighboring departments and figure out how to work cohesively with them, which helps us to provide a better service for our community. 

On August 16th, Firefighters Dallas Williamson and Zack Fleming successfully passed the second half of the Driver’s Academy. These fellas completed the required classroom time and book work, mandatory driving hours (day time and night), pumping scenarios, multistory building rescue scenarios with Ladder 1, and passed the 5 part final exam. They can now be utilized to drive and operate all of our Engines, Ladder 1, and the airport fire truck. Good job, boys, keep up the good work!

August also brought the annual MDA Fill the Boot fundraiser. The generous citizens of our city helped the Twin Falls Fire Fighters Association raise over $18,000.  It also may have helped that we were working two locations this year, Dutch Bros. on Poleline and the intersection of Locust and Addison. A big thanks to all who donated to this worthwhile cause. A special thanks goes to the Streets department for letting us borrow road cones, Staff Sergeant Fustos for helping with the application process, Townsquare Media for helping us get the word out, and Dutch Bros. and Connections Credit Union for letting us use their parking lots. In case you were wondering, all money raised stays here in the Magic Valley. We may have held up some people but it was for a good cause and the donations are very appreciated by the families who receive them. If you missed us this time, we’ll be back out there again next year.

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