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  Elections and the new fire station
  By Pete Gawda

   Board reorganized
   At its May 20 meeting, the Falcon Fire Protection District Board of Directors welcomed new board member Ray Hawkins, who fills the seat that had been held for eight years by Dan Kupferer. Elections also took place: Tom Kerby is the new president; Joan Hathcock is vice president; Cory Galicia is treasurer; and Mike Collins is secretary, with Hawkins as the assistant secretary.
   
   Chief's report
   Chief Trent Harwig reported there were 17 medical transports in April and 14 fires. To date this year, Falcon has responded to 39 fires.
   
   Plans for new station 3
   The board voted to ratify a $2.2 million contract with Hammer Construction Co. for the new FFPD Station No. 3, which will be built on the same property as the current Station No. 3. The entire cost of the project is expected to total $2.5 million. Harwig said there was enough money in the budget to cover any preliminary costs before Hammer starts construction, which is scheduled for August. To finance construction, the board also ratified a lease purchase agreement in the amount of about $2,200,000 with Farmers State Bank of Calhan. The 20-year note is at 3 percent interest with no early payoff. The board also approved a contract totaling $97,000 with Frazee Construction Co. for the project’s sewer and water needs.
   
   New administration building
   The board also reviewed various drawings for the exterior of the new administration building (current Station No. 3), which will be remodeled after the new Station 3 is completed.
   
   The next board meeting is June 17. It can be viewed on zoom at https://zoom.us/j/73147999.
   
   Stay connected with the Falcon Fire Protection District
   Website: http://www.falconfirepd.org
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  Safety tip
  Observe caution with outdoor fires
  By Pete Gawda

   The June fire safety tip is from Lt. Brian Deckard. Like many firefighters, the job runs in his family. Deckard said he decided to become a fireman because his father and his brother also were firemen. Before coming to the FFPD five years ago, Deckard was a hospital emergency room technician, a skill he puts to use as a firefighter. What he likes most about his job is that he can be there for people in a time of need. On his off time, Deckard is all in for the outdoors and enjoys hiking and bicycling.
   
   His safety tip: Do not throw lit cigarette butts out the car window. Heed burn restrictions and outdoor fires should be confined in a safe area, with a distance of 6 feet between the fire and any flammable material.
   
   Correction: In the May issue, Joan Hathcock’s name was misspelled. We apologize to Joan.
  
Lt. Brian Deckard has been with the FFPD five years;firefighting is in his DNA.
 
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