September Fire Dept. Newsletter
Well, the skies are smoky and our view of the northern hills is distorted, so it must be time for fire restrictions. Currently almost the entire state of Idaho is under a Level 1 Fire Restriction and may raise to a Level 2 Fire Restriction before the end of the fire season. A Level 1 restriction means you cannot have a campfire without a designated campfire ring provided by the administrative agency, no driving motorized vehicles off designated roadways and trails, and no smoking unless inside a vehicle or in a designated recreation site that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. So if you’re planning a camping trip or other recreational activity, it would be a good idea to contact your local Forest Service or BLM office and get more details on the current fire restrictions.
Recently the Fire Department took part in two different training sessions with other agencies. The first was a High Angle Operations course taught to a handful of members of the Twin Falls County Search and Rescue team. This course was taught by members of the TFFD and went off without a hitch. The students learned a valuable skill set that will help them be an even more productive part of their team. The next training session was our monthly Rope Rescue team training where we invited members of the Twin Falls County SAR team as well as the Magic Valley Paramedics Rope Rescue team. These training events are not only good training, but they help get all parties involved on the same page, so we can more efficiently and effectively perform the needed tasks at a rescue scene.
Multiple members of the Fire Department were honored in front of the City Council this past month. Firefighters, Kody Lewin, Jared Sauer, and Dan Gould successfully passed the TFFD Driver’s Academy and received their certificates on August 6th. They are now trained to safely and efficiently operate all of the TFFD apparatus. Firefighter Zack Fleming also received a certificate the same night for completing the TFFD Firefighter Level 2 program. All four individuals put forth a great amount of effort to achieve these certifications and will now be able to put their newly acquired skills to use when called upon. Great job fellas!
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 $22,000 this year, a new record, beating the old record by $3000! A big thanks to all who donated to this worthwhile cause. A special thanks goes to Townsquare Media for helping us get the word out and Connections Credit Union for letting us use their parking lot. In case you were wondering, all money raised stays here in the Magic Valley and goes to families in need helping pay for doctor bills, medicine, and making homes more accessible. 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.
That’s about it for this month and until next time, don't forget to wave to the boys in the BRT.