Friday, March 15, 2013

Sun Valley Fire Dept. gets two thumbs up

Resort and Ketchum fire chief offer praise


By BRENNAN REGO
Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Fire Department has been busy lately, and that hard work has not gone unnoticed. Sun Valley Co. and the Ketchum Fire Department have extended commendations to the Sun Valley department, thanking it for its recent responses to two separate incidents. 

In letters to Sun Valley Fire Chief Ray Franco and to Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe, both dated Feb. 25, Lana Breazeale, the resort’s director of recreation, thanked the department for its “quick and timely” response to an incident on Feb. 24 at the Sun Valley Lodge bowling alley during which “serious water damage to the lanes” could have been caused after some water pipes broke early that morning.

“I was fortunate to be able to watch your crew in action and was very impressed with their innovative can-do attitude,” Breazeale wrote to Franco. “Without their creative assistance, the damage would surely have been far greater.”

Breazeale specifically thanked Capt. EMT Eric Adams; Capt. EMT Cory Allen; Lt. EMT Reid Black; firefighter, EMT and engineer trainee David Bowman; firefighter and engineer trainee Mike Porter; Lt. firefighter and training officer Taan Robrahn; firefighter and EMT George Sedlack; and Capt. firefighter Slater Storey.

In an email March 7 to Briscoe and Sun Valley City Administrator Susan Robertson, Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle extended appreciation on behalf of Ketchum’s citizens and visitors to the Sun Valley Fire Department for doing an “excellent job” and being first on the scene in a March 6 backcountry rescue—via snowmobile—of a snowmobiler who crashed and broke his leg in the Big Smoky area about seven miles southwest of Smiley Creek. The incident occurred within the jurisdiction of the Ketchum Rural Fire District, which contracts emergency services through the city of Ketchum.

Elle thanked Franco, Robrahn and firefighter, EMT and engineer trainee Brian Tierney.

“Brian, Ray and Taan did an excellent job on this rescue and are commended for the equipment, training and response on this backcountry incident in incredibly adverse weather conditions,” Elle stated.

At a City Council meeting on Thursday, March 7, Briscoe read the thank-you notes out loud and congratulated Franco and his crew for jobs well done.


Brennan Rego: brego@mtexpress.com




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