Gardner Fire District reorganizes

by Carol Stevens

GARDNER- Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District (UHFPD) board began their regular meeting Wed. July 9 by expressing sympathies to County Commissioner and board member Roger Cain and his family due to his mother’s passing.

    Ken McArthur resigned as Fire Chief Thurs. June 26, after the special meeting that reinstated Assistant Fire Chief Joe Albano. The fire board is taking applications for the position until July 22, 2008. A special board meeting will be held on Wed. July 23 at 6 pm to review applicants and to discuss firefighter pay, benefits and by-laws.

    The department received a special plaque from Jeff Cunningham of VFIS for having no worker’s compensation claims for the past year.

    Assistant Fire Chief Albano reported that it has been quiet with no response or mutual aid calls. The training held Sat. June 28 had a special discussion regarding the recent events to keep everyone informed and on the “same page”.  The next training will be Sat. July 26 at 9 am. Brush truck 501 will be out of service due to a leaking water tank that needs replacing.

    Pro-tem Chair Stephen Hodges commented about the new, usable equipment being housed at the Redwing substation. The board agreed to hold a workday to clean up the substation, move the equipment to the Gardner station, and haul away the trash. Another workday will be scheduled in the fall at the Gardner station to repair plumbing.

    The board opened the floor to Gardner residents for suggestions. Clark Diamond, who is a founding board member, offered to help locate the missing files and by-laws from 1985 to 1996. Board members unanimously gave Diamond the go-ahead. Gardner resident Melissa Salierno requested a “wish list” from the board, stating how residents could help the department. Hodges will be informing residents how they can help.