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Fire department releases annual report

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 11:48 AM
Upper Pine's annual report is available at fire stations, the library, Bayfield Town Hall and Vallecito Community Center.

Upper Pine River Fire Protection district has released its annual report for 2017.

Highlights include an improved Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating and a balanced budget of $4.2 million in revenues and expenditures.

The report also profiled the department's former chaplain, Jim Chapman, who died in December.

Two major successes for the department this year included a cardiac patient who was found unresponsive in his home, and firefighter and EMT Tom Barnes was able to revive him, and he recovered. Another rescue happened on Sept. 9 in Transfer Park above Lemon Reservoir, when a climber fell more than 100 feet. A wilderness fire responder helped prevent what could have been a fatal airway injury, and Upper Pine and La Plata County Search and Rescue retrieved the patient, crossing a river to get him to a Flight for Life helicopter. The patient is recovering in Denver.

The annual report is on the Upper Pine website at upperpinefpd.org.

Copies also are available at fire stations, the library, Bayfield Town Hall and Vallecito Community Center,

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