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Busy, Busy, Busy!! That seems to be the pace lately at the Fire Department.  Busy training, educating the public, giving civilians a glimpse of what it’s like to be a firefighter, busy with promotions, oh and most importantly busy running emergency calls.

With the vacancy left by Captain Petruzzelli last month when he retired, a round of promotions were in order. The testing has all been completed and the scores tallied. So please help us congratulate newly promoted Driver/Operator Jeff Miller and newly promoted Captain Dave Owens. Jeff has been with the department since 2011 working as a Hose-man and Swing-up Driver/Operator. Jeff will stay on C-shift and just move up into his new position. Dave has been with the department since 2007, in that time he has worked as a Hose-man, Driver/Operator, and Swing-up Captain. Dave will be assigned to B-shift for his newly promoted position. Both gentlemen put forth an outstanding effort throughout the promotional proceedings and their hard work paid off. Dave and Jeff will, without a doubt, perform their new duties at a top notch level.  Congratulations fellas, keep up the hard work.

As always with movement up the ladder, there’s always an empty rung at the bottom of the ladder. And the lucky guy who gets to fill that spot is none other than Kody Lewin. Mr. Lewin graduated from Kimberly High School just a few short years ago and decided not to follow in the footsteps of his father, Dan Lewin, but to come to the dark side and fight a little fire. Kody brings with him some knowledge and experience in the fire service that he gained the last two years volunteering for Rock Creek Fire Department. Kody has successfully completed his introductory training and has been assigned to C-shift, where he’ll stay for the next 4 months. He has a long year ahead of him, so if you get a chance, wish him good luck and help us welcome Mr. Lewin to the department and the city. 

The month of October marks Fire Prevention Week and Fire Marshall Lauda was all hands on deck for this year’s week of prevention. Tim hosted two open houses at Fire Station 1 and invited the community to attend. It appeared that everyone who came had a good time and we were able to educate and hand out pamphlets on fire safety to a large number of our citizens. Great job Fire Marshall Lauda, keep up the good work!

The Fire Prevention open houses weren’t the only time we had visitors to the Fire Department this past month. The Citizens Police Academy came to station 1 and spent an evening getting familiar with what it’s like to be a firefighter.  The group learned how to advance a charged hose-line, how to find a victim in a blacked out environment, and just how high our Ladder 1 apparatus can go. The group also toured the station and received a lesson on what the day to day looks like for the Fire Department. The second group that came for a visit, was the CSI Softball team. The softball team was looking for new ways to challenge themselves as well as get out into the community. We assembled a mock physical agility test, similar to the one that is performed for new hire testing, and the whole team including the coach went through the course and passed with flying colors. This experience was fun for all involved and I think we may have sparked some interest for the fire service in some of the players.

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