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  Firefighters sworn in at FFPD meeting
  By Pete Gawda

   Fire Chief Trent Harwig was busy at the Jan.15 meeting of the Falcon Fire Protection District Board of Directors as he swore in one new firefighter, Tim Wilkerson, and promoted eight more.
   
   The following firefighters were promoted from within the department: Cale Lohman and Brandon McKenna, who were promoted to driver/operator; Brian Deckard, Curtis Kaufman and Ben Racki were named lieutenants. The department also gained three new battalion chiefs ó Joseph Cosgrove, Corey Kirt and David Smith.
   
   Treasurer's report
   Harwig presented a positive final financial report for 2019. He said in all areas the budget was underspent by a total of $143,000. With the closing out of the 2019 budget, the beginning fund balances for 2020 will be adjusted accordingly.
   
   Chief's report
   Harwig said he had just made the final payment of $775,000 on station 4. He said with early payments the district had saved about $152,000 in interest. Jon Webb, chief of the medical services division, reported that in December the new ambulance service transported 98 patients; AMR picked up one call that FFPD could not take; FFPD picked up a Black Forest call. Webb said the ambulance crews were doing an outstanding job, handling multiple calls back to back and they saved one person from cardiac arrest. The department hired three new paramedics with two more to start on Feb. 23. By the next week they were expected to take delivery of a third ambulance. Thus far in January, the ambulance service made 44 transports.
   In the month of December there were 4,128 reserve standby hours.
   
   New administration building
   As a result of a special board meeting on Dec. 18, plans were changed from building a new administration building to building a new fire station to replace station 3. Harwig said he had met with YOW Architects about the change in plans. The board decided to use the same floor plan as station 4.
   
   Volunteers to get increased stipend
   The board approved the 2020 Reserve Stipend and Benefit Schedule which increased the volunteer stipend from $25 to $35 for a 12 hour shift. Harwig said the budget would not have to be adjusted to accommodate the change.
   
   Surplus fire engine
   The department now has three new fire engines. They also have two 2003 fire engines. The board decided to keep one of those 2003 fire engines as a backup and designate the other as surplus, and sell it.
   
   Executive session
   The meeting ended with an executive session to discuss personnel matters related to Harwig's employment contract.
   
   The next board meeting will be at fire station 3 on Old Meridian Road on Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
   
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Falcon Fire Chief Trent Harwig, right, swears in new firefighter Tim Wilkerson at the Falcon Fire Protection Board of Directors meeting Jan. 15.
 
Falcon Fire Protection District announced three new battalion chiefs at the Jan. 15 board meeting: from left to right; Joseph Cosgrove, Corey Kirt, David Smith and Fire Chief Trent Harwig.
 
Fire Chief Trent Harwig swore in two driver/operators, . From left to right, From left to right: Cale Lohman and Brandon McKenna were promoted to driver/operators and sworn in by Fire Chief Trent Harwig. Photos by Pete Gawda
 
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  Firefighter safety tip
  Working his way up the ladder
  By Pete Gawda

   Editorís note: Each month, the NFH will ask a Falcon, Peyton or Black Forest firefighter for a safety tip, along with providing a brief background on each firefighter.
   
   The newly appointed battalion chief, David Smith, has been with the Falcon Fire Protection District 15 years. He said the promotion to battalion chief has been the highlight of his career.
   
   Before becoming a firefighter, Smith spent three years in the U.S. Navy and worked at a health food store. He said he credits his father's experience in MEDEVAC flights in Vietnam as the reason he became a firefighter. Smith said he came up through the ranks from a driver/firefighter to lieutenant to captain and now to battalion chief.
   
   Smith said he likes working with his crew, and he likes being connected with the public.
   
   He talked about the growth of the department during his 15 years. The department has gone from one to three manned fire stations, with a significant increase in personnel and apparatus.
   
   Smith said he likes to spend his off-duty time fishing and encouraging his two daughters with their jujitsu.
   
   Smith's fire safety tip: Make sure any appliance not in use is unplugged; remember to change the batteries in the smoke detectors in the spring and fall, with daylight savings time.
   
  
Newly appointed Battalion Chief David Smith worked his way up the ladder with 15 years of service to the Falcon Fire Protection District.
 
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