Day: July 16, 2010

KFD wants men, women with volunteer spirit

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes It’s recruitment time for one of the most important components of the Keizer Fire District machine. “The fire department relies a tremendous amount on its volunteer personnel,” said Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan. “A city of this size, it’s usually common to have a one firefighter per thousand career (ratio). For example, Keizer, with its 35,000 population, that would mean 35 firefighters career staff. We have 24.” The district’s 40 volunteers make up the difference in staffing. “Volunteer personnel are vital to this organization because we rely on them at peak periods. We have staffing for 90 percent of everything we do. But when we have a structure fire, suddenly we need as many as 20 people on a moment’s notice. And that’s why volunteers work so well,” said Cowan. The optimum number is for 16 men and women to enroll and complete the district’s year-long “recruitment academy”  that begins this fall. Classes are held Monday evenings and occasionally on Saturdays and Sundays. Five months into training volunteers are assigned shifts as well. “The time commitment is relatively significant,” said Dale Slater, the district’s volunteer recruitment coordinator. “It’s something we try to warn these people about up front.” Training is comprehensive. “It’s all content based on fire protection so it’s going to be an introduction into fire basics. There’s going to be some...

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Portion of Dearborn closed due to sewer work

A portion of Dearborn Avenue will be closed until July 30, and smaller parts will be local access only throughout a sewer line replacement project. The City of Salem is constructing a new sewer line in the Dearborn Avenue area east of Claggett Creek to 18th Avenue, Brandon Avenue and Brandon Court to replace a failing line. [MAP: 10] Dearborn between Verda Lane and Claggett Creek Park will remain closed through July 30, and the remaining section of Dearborn Avenue from east of Verda Lane to 18th Avenue, 18th Avenue from Dearborn to Brandon Avenue, and Brandon Court will be local access only until the project is complete. It’s expected to be done near the end of September. Alternate routes should be...

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