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West Fargo Fire Corner: Ushering in changes for 2023

West Fargo Fire is looking to the new year with promotions and building progress on the new headquarters

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West Fargo Fire Marshal Dell Specher instructs sophomore Chase Hapka in using a fire extinguisher March 11 at West Fargo Sheyenne High School. David Samson / The Forum
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Welcome to the New Year of 2023.

As with every year at this time we weather seems to be at the top of everyone’s conversation. Look at the bright side, we have no mosquitos. We hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year in between shoveling and turning your furnace up.

Let me start off this conversation with some updates within the department. We have has some promotions in our ranks at the fire station. We have added two additional battalion chiefs, Jason Carriveau and Levi Nesvold (previous captains).

Along with this, two captains have been promoted, Rob Dirk and Garrett Rix. Additional firefighters also have been added and more will be when the new station opens up. So, congratulations to them.

New fire station update has portions of the second floor enclosed and floor cement being poured. If seems as though every thing is still on track for opening in the spring unless we have some unforeseen circumstances occur.

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The planned kick off for the West Fargo Fire Community Care Alliance scheduled for Dec. 14 was cancelled due to weather. We are rescheduling this for January and will be open for a media event.

As a reminder, this event is proactive approach to “after the 911 call” for individuals needing additional assistance. This event will be a very important addition to our department.

With every year we discuss the importance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. I realize this becomes redundant, but when you are in my position and see problems associated; it becomes clear we don’t talk enough. Fire calls come in weekly, if not daily, on what we refer to as “odor” investigations. This is primarily because a detector goes off and many cannot find the reason.

Although some detectors go off prematurely (primarily due to age), majority have a defined reason for alarming you. Calling the fire department is essential when your detectors sound. Fire crews will come out and find out the reason for the blaring noise in your home. Especially if no smoke or fire can be noticed. No matter what type of detector you have (smoke or carbon monoxide), fire crews have specialized equipment to test for oxygen, CO, gas levels among other agents associated to make sure your home is safe.

Off course, out of sight out of mind sometimes takes over and we forget to do our yearly maintenance on our furnaces or detectors.

Changing batteries and checking the manufacture year is a good start to making sure your detectors are operating. An old detector (10 years) and a dead battery will do you no good if a fire occurs in your home. This goes for your heating appliances also; furnaces should undergo a maintenance check to make sure it is running efficiently and is clean. This can be as simple as a dirty furnace filter, which can add undue strain to an already burdened furnace due to cold temps.

If you have any concerns due to detectors or just would like a free in home inspection, please call us. We would be happy to come and visit, and help make your home fire safe for the New Year.

From our home to yours, have a great New Year.

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