Dillon Valley fire under investigation
DILLON VALLEY Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue is investigating the cause of a small fire at the Orofino Condominiums on Monday afternoon.The fire was reported at 4:37 p.m. Crews arrived within minutes and found fire shooting out of a small hole just above the entryway door to unit 415. They forced entry through the front door after discovering that the access doors were locked and that there was no response from potential occupants. Inside, firefighters were met with ceiling-to-floor smoke filling both the first and second floors. They tracked the source to the upstairs bedroom above the entryway, and located fire conditions behind an electric baseboard heating unit and in the adjacent exterior wall. Since their preliminary search found no occupants, firefighters extinguished the fire and then used thermal imaging to check for additional fire risks in the unit. The crew knocked down the fire in less than five minutes.No adjacent units were affected and neighbors were allowed to return to their units while the investigation and clean-up activities continued.The unit suffered moderate smoke damage.North-West Fire Protection District now 24/7PARK COUNTY The North-West Fire Protection District has expanded to provide round-the-clock coverage to the communities of Alma, Fairplay and surrounding areas.The district made the switch effective Jan. 1 at the Fairplay Station. To support the extra hours of coverage, the district has hired two new firefighters, bringing the department total to six. The six firefighters are split into crews of two and rotate for 24-hour shifts from the station. Volunteers respond in a second apparatus to work the calls.”One of the primary reasons for the change was safety,” said Chief Mike Roll. “The second leading cause of injury or fatality to firefighters is vehicle accidents. We felt that by having staff on hand we could eliminate the time our firefighters were on the road because they no longer have to respond from home. It also dramatically reduces our response time and for fires and medicals ; those first minutes can be critical.”The crew will be working 24 hours on, followed by 24 hours off for consecutive three shifts. The firefighters then receive four days off and the cycle starts over.This schedule also allows some flexibility for the district’s, Roll said. They can either choose to stay at the fire station and be a member of the crew on duty, or they can respond from home when they are available to assist on calls.”It is an exciting time for us,” he said. “With the expected growth in this region we felt it was important to get this in place now in order to best serve our communities.”
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