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Monday, January 29, 2007

Words as weapons:

"When he had a pen in his hand it was like giving a kid a machine gun."

--Peter Hall, theater director, on "Angry Young Man" playwright John Osborne (1929-1994)

Some kids were lucky - they grew up to be North Logan firemen

READY IN RED: The North Logan Fire & Rescue engine is ready to go for these volunteer fire fighters. / Photo by Erin Wadsworth

By Erin Wadsworth

December 13, 2006 | NORTH LOGAN - Local fire station seeks willing, hard workers to aide in the protection of a community, dalmatians need not apply.

Established in 1992, the North Logan City Fire Department runs entirely on volunteer work from those in the community. Twenty-eight volunteer firefighters comprise the department; these people take time out of their jobs and lives to help others on a daily basis. Some spend as much as 20 hours a week on volunteer service at the department on top of their 40 hour job weeks, said Captain Jason Killinen.

"I don't think there's a person in the department that doesn't love it," said Killinen.

Captain Kim Arnell has been with the department for four years. A fire-starter at heart, this Logan native never thought he'd live in North Logan. But shortly after starting a job for North Logan city he joined the fire department, and once they found out he had had EMT training it didn't take much convincing for him to stay.

"It's been a great experience," said Arnell."We're like a little family here."

North Logan is part of an agreement with Smithfield and Logan when it comes to fire response. If there happens to be a fire in Logan, both North Logan and Smithfield would also respond to the fire.

"We train with Logan," said Arnell."We use their training tower, and we've got some of the best training facilities right now. It's been a benefit working with Logan."

Volunteers are required to live within a certain boundary area, this allows them to respond to an incident faster. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but usually member residences must be within 1000 North and the North Logan-Hyde Park line.

"The closer you are the quicker you can get here," said Arnell, " and we have to watch all traffic laws, we can't do 90 miles an hour."

They moved into building they operate out of today in 1993. All of the interior of the structure was completed by the volunteer firefighters to keep the cost down. Their fleet boasts a 75-foot ladder truck, and they are looking to create a substation on main in order to keep up with the expanding community.

"North Logan is growing," said Arnell, "and we are hoping to grow with it to serve the public better."

If there is any interest in being trained for volunteer service at the fire department it takes about 120 hours to be certified as an EMT and also 120 hours for Fire I and Fire II together. Trainees will come to the station for six months of drill, during which time they are in a probationary period. The training is local and can be taken at night.

Fire Chief Jon Keller and the rest of the crew encourage those interested to contact the department located at 2005 N. 1200 East in North Logan.



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