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Fire dept. inspections mark new tradition

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Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkRed, White and Blue fire chief Gary Green, right, and assistant fire chief Nick Drelles gave a tour to board member Teresa Perkins Monday morning at the main station before going to the south and north branches for inspections.
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BRECKENRIDGE ” The Red, White and Blue Fire Department started a new tradition Monday morning that it hopes will keep its board of directors and taxpayers abreast of various changes at its three stations.

Fire Chief Gary Green, Assistant Chief Nick Drelles and board of directors representative Teresa Perkins spent the day inspecting the department’s three facilities, fleet of vehicles and talking with some of the 49 paid personnel. Inspections will continue twice a year.

“Fall and spring are good times (to do inspections), before the ski areas get cranked up and before the call volume goes crazy,” Green said.

Green said the idea stemmed from the department’s senior staff, who thought it would be a good way to keep the board informed and provide the department with the chance to build its pride.

“Over the last 24 months, we’ve made the transition from a volunteer station to a fully paid operation and we want to start to instill a sense of pride within the fire department and present resources within the community to instill discipline along with that,” said Green.

Monday’s inspections covered the department’s five engines, two wildland trucks and a handful of command vehicles.

The group visited the Blue River and Tiger stations, as well as the training center in Frisco, which the department also manages.

During the walk through at the main station, Perkins took note of things like new paint jobs, office rearrangements and a brand new wildland truck.

She will report back to the board with her complete evaluation from the inspections at its next monthly meeting.


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