Hello again fellow Creekers.
This week all of the news is related to fire and fire service. Let’s start with another installment of Better know your neighbor.
Brian Tate works as Captain Firefighter Paramedic for the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department. He’s originally from Phoenix and ended up here as a matter of public service. He’s been here two years now and his favorite thing is to spend time with his kids. His favorite thing about Christopher Creek is that it’s a beautiful area and says every day at work is memorable.
There was a public meeting at the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department this Tuesday. For those of you that attended – good job on lending your time to the community. Should any of you want to provide any other input to your fire department please feel free to get a hold of Chief Rob Jarvis or any of your elected board members. It is budget time again and that affects everyone. The Web site for the fire department is www.ckfire.org.
One of the CKFD volunteers Ben Perry passed the EMT classes and got the highest grades in the class. Also he’s at the top of the class in firefighter class, but hasn’t completed the testing just yet for that. Nice job Ben!
The water company continues to look to improve and is working with WIFA (Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona) to try and approve funding. This is a slow process that has been going on for years now and has been made much tougher with all of the budget cuts. The local water company also has agreed to assist the fire department with donating water to them should they need it as well as provide board representation.
Sam Seay is generously writing the grant again for fuel reduction on large property groups. If you still wish to participate please let him know as soon as possible. He is also writing a partial grant for a portion of See Canyon Summer Homes. This will be their common ground (44 acres). This is dependent on the board and homeowners’ approval. If they don’t approve the project, Sam will be looking for other properties to fill this grant opportunity as soon as possible. It must be completed by December 31, 2013. These are left over funds from other grants that were not completed or used by other departments.
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