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  Volume No. 17 Issue No. 9 September 2020  

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  FFPD board discusses construction plans
  By Pete Gawda

   At the July 15 meeting of the Falcon Fire Protection District Board of Directors, board members discussed plans for construction of the new Station 3 and the renovation of the current Station 3 into an administration building.
   Good news financially
   “We are under budget in all four categories,” said Chief Trent Harwig, noting that the year was 50 percent complete. He added that collection rates for ambulance service are catching up.
   The board learned that in June there were 87 ambulance transports. That number is increasing, and Assistant Chief Jon Webb, who heads up the EMS service, expected 100 transports in July. There were 84 reserve hours in June and 232 calls for fire service. Year to date, there have been 1,357 calls, slightly lower than the 1,388 calls this time last year. All full-time positions are filled, and there are five part-time firefighters.
   Road construction report
   Once the asphalt is laid at the intersection of Old Meridian Road and U.S. Highway 24, Harwig said work will begin at the intersection of Meridian and Rolling Thunder roads.
   New Station 3 construction
   “Everything is moving along fairly well,” Harwig said of plans for the new Station 3. The site location has been approved by the El Paso County Planning and Community Development Department. All other necessary documentation has been submitted to the county and should be approved by the end of August. Drawings have been submitted to the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. The lease purchase agreement to finance construction will be finalized at the next board meeting and will be signed as soon as the development plant is approved. Construction is expected to be completed next April.
   Renovation of current Station 3
   Plans for the renovation of the current Station 3 into an administration building are being approved. The goal is for paperwork to be approved and preliminary work to be completed by next April so that work can start as soon as the new Station 3 is completed.
   Future meetings
   The November meeting has been moved from Nov. 18 to Nov. 11.
   The next board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 19 at Station 3 at 4 p.m. and can be seen on Zoom by going to
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  Safety tip
  Firefighter has dream career
  By Pete Gawda

   “I really like making a difference in someone's life,’” said firefighter/EMT Justin Salinas, who provides this month's fire safety tip. Before becoming a firefighter, Salinas held several jobs — fast food, retail and construction. However, he always dreamed of being a firefighter. Salinas has been a firefighter for almost a year. He is married with three children and one on the way. In his off-duty time, he enjoys doing home improvements and relaxing with his family.
   August fire safety tip: In the home, have a plan to deal with fire, medical and other emergencies.
   Stay connected with the Falcon Fire Protection District
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Firefighter/EMT Justin Salinas always dreamt of becoming a firefighter, and he is proof that dreams do come true. Photo by Pete Gawda
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