FVFD boasts new gear

Fairfield VFD volunteer Cody Blair and Chief Matt Foree gave city council members a demonstration of their new gear at the March 13 meeting.
Photo by April Walker

Fairfield Fire Chief Matt Foree and fellow volunteer Cody Blair gave a presentation of their new gear at the March 13 city council meeting. The department finally received the gear after numerous council meetings to discuss the need versus the cost.

Foree explained the department changed the color of their jackets and pants to black in lieu of the previous beige. “Everybody's in favor of the darker gear,” said Foree. “But it still takes the same amount of heat.”

Foree said the department's motto is “Two minutes or less.”

“That's part of the training,” he explained. “Get dressed in two minutes or less. Some can do it in less than a minute.”

The jackets have a removable outer shell which can be cleaned in an extractor to remove chemicals and other health hazards. Each fireman received custom fit gear along with the new air packs.


FVFD firemen honored at ceremony

Rich Schaufert (right) was awarded the Fire Officer of the Year award. He is pictured with FVFD Fire Chief Matt Foree.
Photo submitted by Matt Foree

Three volunteer firemen were awarded for their heroic efforts Saturday, Oct. 21, at Calvary Baptist Church. Awards were given to Rich Schaufert, Avery Aultman, and Chandler Baggerly. 5 Alarm Fronts and Leather Work created leather shields with the volunteers names as awards.

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