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  Chief swears in two new firefighters
  By Pete Gawda

   At the Feb. 19 meeting of the Falcon Fire Protection District Board of Directors, Fire Chief Trent Harwig administered the oath of office to two new firefighters, Austin Ragsdale and Alexandria Winkler.
   
   Treasurer's report
   The treasurer's report was tabled until next month's meeting. Harwig said the report was not ready because of a computer problem.
   
   Chief's report
   Harwig reported there were 264 volunteer standby hours last month, and 15 prospective firefighters enrolled in the volunteer academy, including two from Calhan. He said some of the prospective firefighters were being fast-tracked because they had received certifications from other fire departments. He said the department has finally started receiving payments from ambulance billings. However, he said some payments were being held up by Medicare and Medicaid. The new ambulance is onsite and being stocked. The chief said the new medics manning the ambulance will start the week following the February board meeting. The new ambulance should start taking calls by the first of March, maybe sooner. He said AMR had recently taken a call that Falcon could not handle; it was only the third time that has happened since the service began.
   
   Old Meridian Road Project
   The board learned that work on the Old Meridian Road and Highway 24 project should start the beginning of March. During the construction, sections of the road involved will be closed from time to time, and the contractor might have to provide temporary road access for Station 3.
   
   New fire station
   The board spent considerable time discussing options and possible floor plans for the new fire station that will replace Station 3. The floor plan will be basically the same as Station 4, with some modifications. They expect to have a pre-bid meeting toward the end of March, and award a contract at the April meeting. The board hoped that the outside of the building would be substantially finished before next winter.
   
   Title to Station 4
   At last month's meeting, Harwig informed the board that he had made the final payment to the bank for Station 4. At the February meeting, the board authorized the chief to accept the warranty deed on the building.
   
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At the Feb. 19 meeting of the Falcon Fire Protection District Board of Directors, Chief Trent Harwig, right, administered the oath of office to new firefighter Austin Ragsdale. Photos by Pete Gawda
 
At the February meeting of the Falcon Fire Protection District Board of Directors, Chief Trent Harwig right, administered the oath of office to new firefighter Alexandria Winkler.
 
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  Safety tip — from firefighter Sean Lynch
  By Pete Gawda

   “The sense of brotherhood” and “helping other people” are what motivated Sean Lynch to become a firefighter.
   
   Lynch, who works out of Station 4, grew up in upstate New York, where each little crossroad village has its own volunteer fire department. After a “go” at selling insurance, he decided to become a firefighter. Last spring, Lynch attended the firefighting academy sponsored by Falcon Fire Protection District. He spent four months as a volunteer before he was hired full-time.
   
   “This is what I want to be doing,” Lynch said. “It's a lot different from any other job. No two calls are the same.”
   
   A recent visit to Station 4 found Lynch preparing for an advancement to driver/operator. He was using toy vehicles in a simulated accident to learn how to position a fire truck in that type of situation.
   
   Lynch is married; he met his wife in college. In his off-duty hours, he stays busy doing maintenance around the house and pursuing his second (firefighting is his first) favorite activity: playing rugby.
   
   Fire safety tip
   Always check your smoke detector to see if it is outdated. Look at the date on the device to make sure it is still current. Lynch said not only will the fire detector “chirp” when the battery is dead, it also will “chirp” when it is outdated.
  
Always check your smoke detector to see if it is outdated. Look at the date on the device to make sure it is still current. Lynch said not only will the fire detector “chirp” when the battery is dead, it also will “chirp” when it is outdated.
 
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