As the region's current drought persists -- and with wildfires burning throughout the West -- the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department is continuing to seek new members. For application procedures, contact Chief Dan Sanders at the Cedaredge Police Department, 140 NW 2nd Street, 970-856-4301.
Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a state-to-state method of sharing resources, Hotchkiss firefighters have been deployed to Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon and California this year.
Recently, four crew members from the Hotchkiss Fire District helped with firefighting efforts in northern California.
The people of Surface Creek Valley have a special relationship with their volunteer fire department.
These firefighters are ones who take time away from their families to help keep the whole community safe.
Though the drizzle and chill of last Thursday's weather didn't match the nice weekend days of AppleFest 2016, Thursday evening's low, gray skies did provide the perfect environment to enjoy lots of homemade chili and support the community's volunteer firefighters.
When firefighters arrive at the scene of a burning house, they've already had numerous hours of training. Just knowing how to put on all the personal protective equipment needed for the job, from turnout coats and pants to hot shield face protection and the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), takes hours of training and repetition.
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