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  Station 3 grand opening

    On Oct. 9, the Falcon Fire Protection District invites everyone to the new Station 3 grand opening. Tours will be available, enjoy refreshments and the “uncoupling” to celebrate the opening of Station 3. Uncoupling is the FFPD’s equivalent to a ribbon cutting. Come see your new fire department, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7020 Old Meridian Road in Falcon.   
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  Falcon firefighters recognized
  By Pete Gawda

   Editor's Note: The date of the September FFPD meeting was changed and the NFH was not aware of the change, so this column was written from the notes of Gretchen Tetzlaff, FFPD office manager, who was present at the meeting.
   
   Phoenix Award
   The highlight of the Sept. 8 meeting of the Falcon Fire Protection District Board of Directors, which was held on the second Wednesday, rather than the third due to vacation conflicts, was the presentation of the Phoenix Award. The award is presented by Jon Webb, Emergency Medical Services division chief, to paramedics and civilians who have been instrumental in saving a life.
   
   Justin Thurston, paramedic; Danny Miller, firefighter/EMT; Travis Wright, firefighter/EMT; John Gue, driver operator/firefighter; and Lt. Travis Kuemmerle were presented the Phoenix Award by Webb because of their actions on May 9, when they were called to a cardiac arrest. When they arrived on the scene, they found Gene Robinson unresponsive and his wife, Janette Santos, administering CPR. The crew went to work providing advanced life support. Once the patient was stabilized, he was transported to the hospital where he was treated and later released. Santos also received the Phoenix Award. Webb credited the prompt response of Santos and the firefighters with saving Robinson's life.
   
   Station property
   Chief Trent Harwig informed the board that he had received a request from a real estate agent expressing interest in district land adjacent to the new station 3 and extending to New Meridian Road, The board will pursue the matter further at a later date.
   
   Financial report
   The chief noted that as of the end of August, 66.6% of the fiscal year has been completed. Revenues for the general fund were at 95% of the budgeted amount and expenditures were at 53%. The ambulance fund budget reported revenues of 60% and total expenditure of 55% of the budgeted amount. The capital improvement fund was at 23% of revenues and 41% of expenditures.
   
   Harwig said the preliminary budget of 2022 would be presented to the board by Oct. 15 for their consideration. He recommended that the current assessment rate of 14.886 mils be retained. He said there were 93 reserve standby hours in August.
   
   EMT report
   Webb said there were 140 patient transports in August. The board unanimously voted to purchase another ambulance as an additional backup. Webb had no update on the COVID-19 situation other than the number of cases has been increasing and the military has made vaccination mandatory.
   
   New station 3
   Attorney Joan Fritsche said that the final payment will soon be made to Hammers Construction for the new station 3. Harwig said the new station is almost completed.
   
   New administration building
   Fritsche said that iiCON Construction Group, the contractor for the new administration building, has been easy to work with.
   
   Other matters
   Fritsche advised the board that she has reviewed the station 1 utility easement with Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District and has submitted it to the county for recording.
   
   The review of the FFPD members’ handbook draft was tabled until the November meeting.
   
   The board meeting concluded with an executive session to discuss acquiring, leasing, transferring or selling any property related to station 1, as well as getting legal advice concerning station 1.
  
EMS Division Chief Jon Webb, left, also presented the Phoenix Award at the Sept. 8 FFPD meeting to Jannette Santos for performing CPR on her husband, Gene Robinson, who is standing next to her. Photo submitted
 
At the Sept. 8 meeting of the Falcon Fire ProtectionDistrict Board of Directors fire department personnel received the Phoenix Award for their actions tosave the life of Gene Robinson. Pictured left to right:Driver Operator/Firefighter John Gue; ParamedicJustin Thurston; Gene Robinson; Firefighter DannyMiller and Firefighter Travis Wright. Not pictured Lt.Travis Kuemmerle. Photo submitted
 
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  Safety tip - Watch out for emergency vehicles
  By Pete Gawda

   The October fire safety tip comes from firefighter Chris Hodgin, a five-year veteran of the Falcon Fire Protection District. Hodgin was previously in the road construction business, and he became a firefighter because he wanted to help people. He said people who were influential in his life recommended he become a firefighter. What he likes most about his job is the environment and the camaraderie. Hodgin is single and spends his off-duty time hunting and fishing.
   
   October safety tip: Learn the sounds of fire safety. Listen for the sounds of approaching emergency vehicles and give them the right of way. Hodgin said intersections are especially troublesome. He advises motorists to remained stopped at an intersection and let first responders figure out a way to get around them.
   
   Stay connected with the Falcon Fire Protection District
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Chris Hodgen has been with the FFPD for five years. Photo submitted
 
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